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Nawaz Sharif can't contest elections for life, rules Pak apex court

Image Credit Facebook Pakistani Ex-Prime Minister Sharif Gets Lifetime Politics Ban
Sammy Stanley | 14 April, 2018, 09:36

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.

Today's (April 13) ruling addressed an ambiguity over Sharif's disqualification and whether he was barred from office for life or a specific period.

Legal experts say if Sharif's party secures a landslide victory in the next elections, expected this summer, he could re-enter national politics if the party amends the constitution to remove disqualification clauses. The military denies any such intervention.

Speaking to reporters after the decision, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb from the ruling party called the judgment a "joke".

Article 62 (1)(f), which sets the precondition for a member of parliament to be "sadiq and ameen" (honest and righteous), is the same provision under which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by a five-judge SC bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on July 28, 2017, in the Panama Papers case.

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

"If it is found by a court of law that any person wanting to be a member of parliament has furnished particulars which are found false or omitted to furnish particulars which are necessary, then he will come under that category of persons disqualified for life".

Sharif's supporters consider the ruling a ploy to weaken the popular ruling party, which is favored to win upcoming elections. 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.

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