Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Pakistan SC disqualifies ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from politics for life

Pakistan SC disqualifies ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from politics for life

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday (April 13) issued a lifetime ban on politicians holding office after legal disqualification - a ruling that will bar former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from ever holding an elected position following a corruption probe against him a year ago (2017).

"Nawaz was first disqualified as prime minister, then removed as head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), his party was barred from participating in Senate elections and now they have ruled against him from holding a public office for life", the minister said.

According to The Dawn, it is the same article under which Sharif was disqualified from the post of Prime Minister over the Panama Papers leak case in July past year by the Pakistani top court.

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The decision, read out by justice Umar Ata Bandial of a five-member bench, stated that the disqualification of any member of Parliament or a public servant under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution in the future will be permanent. Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of parliament.

After the announcement of the verdict, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said that no corruption allegation has been proven against Sharif till date. The verdict has disqualified Nawaz Sharif for life. Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court a year ago for concealing in his nomination papers the receivable income from his son's company in the UAE.

Pakistan People's Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is said to have taken notice of the incident, directing the authorities concerned to bring the culprits to justice.

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He and his family stand accused of using offshore holding companies to buy luxury properties in London, charges stemming from the Panama Papers leaks in 2016.

An influential opposition leader, Jehangir Tareen, who belongs to the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, was also declared disqualified for life under the judgment.

The decision was immediately panned by the PML-N.

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