Friday, 19 April, 2019

Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies Nawaz Sharif from Public office

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Deanna Wagner | 14 April, 2018, 10:24

Friday's ruling effectively ended Sharif's hopes for a political future after his dismissal last July on corruption charges, stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers. Sharif had resigned as the Prime Minister of the Muslim nation, as he was accused of having an undeclared source of income, but he has been leading the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ever since, however, not seems that he won't ever be able to stand in elections, or hold an office in public services.

In a landmark judgment, Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday rendered deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ineligible to hold public office for life by ruling that disqualification of a lawmaker under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution would be for a lifetime. "Whether he would wait for the PML-N to win the elections or take aggressive steps like boycotting the ballot or starting street protests". The party is just getting ready for an election, after Shrif's resignation.

Sharif, his three children and absentee Finance Minister Ishaq Dar now face criminal proceedings over allegations that they purchased overseas properties illegally.

Sharif was the 15th prime minister in Pakistan's 70-year history - roughly half of it under military rule - to be removed before completing a full term.

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"Now today they disqualified (Sharif) for life".

The ruling, which has shut the doors of politics for the three-time premier, and for other politicians, including the secretary general of the main opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jahangir Khan Tareen for life, was unanimously announced by a five-member bench led by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. "Rather he represents a philosophy and an ideology of public service, supremacy of Constitution and respect of vote".

The political turmoil has roiled Pakistan's markets and its benchmark stock index was the worst performer globally a year ago, though it has rebounded since.