Nawaz Sharif ban is for life,rules Pakistan Supreme Court

Aaron Brown
April 14, 2018

Following the historic Supreme Court (SC) verdict disqualifying former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for lifetime, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid referred to the decision as vindictive and said he had expected such a ruling from the courts.

The apex court in its July 28 ruling of past year had disqualified Nawaz Sharif as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), while Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen was disqualified under Articles 62 of the constitution.

The country's apex court had asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file references against the Sharif family, in connection with the corruption cases against them. He was the 15th Prime Minister.

"It's a significant decision because it will. also have implications for the future", senior lawyer and former president of Pakistan Wasim Sajjad told Reuters.

Mr Sharif, 67, who has been elected and removed as prime minister three times since 1990, now faces criminal proceedings over allegations that he and his family bought foreign properties illegally. Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of parliament.

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"This is an accusation on which a sitting prime minister was disqualified, the trial is ongoing accusation has yet been proven", said State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, speaking to reporters shortly after the verdict was announced.

With Friday's verdict, both Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen have been declared ineligible to contest general elections.

Despite not being party leader, Sharif has considerable sway over the workings of the PML-N and enjoys the support of its core leadership.

Khan was cleared by the courts but Tareen was disqualified in December under the same constitutional article used to remove Sharif from office.

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