Pakistan court bans ex-PM Sharif from elections for life

Lifestyle       by Komal Zaheer | Published

According to television news channels, the verdict was issued unanimously by all five judges of the bench.

Sharif, 68, a three-time former prime minister, was disqualified and removed from office a year ago on corruption allegations against his family.

Pronouncing the historic verdict that may have a large bearing on the Islamic country's politics, the apex court said that Nawaz's disqualification under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution was for a lifetime.

Following the verdict, both Sharif and Tareen have become ineligible to ever hold public office.

Pakistan court bans ex-PM Sharif from elections for life
Pakistan court bans ex-PM Sharif from elections for life

The Article 62 (1)(f) reads, "A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and righteous, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law". Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of parliament, it added. The bench - comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah - had reserved the verdict on February 14.

Sharif was disqualified under the Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution as per which he will be unable to contest elections for the rest of his life.

"The NAB court trial is incomplete and Wajid Zia has also said there is no documental evidence to show that Nawaz took money from his son's company", she said.

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