Nawaz Sharif ban is for life,rules Pakistan Supreme Court
Nawaz Sharif ban is for life,rules Pakistan Supreme Court
14 April, 2018, 10:26
Pakistan's Supreme Court has barred former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from running in elections for life, ruling on a petition asking the tribunal whether the disqualified premier could ever run again. Sharif and his family have called the corruption proceedings a conspiracy but opponents have hailed them as a rare example of the rich and powerful being held accountable.
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. The Pakistan SC, in February, disqualified Sharif from the post of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party chief, saying all decisions made by him now stand "null and void". A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was formed a year ago to probe the allegations on the Sharif family. "Whether he would wait for the PML-N to win the elections or take aggressive steps like boycotting the ballot or starting street protests".
"But people of Pakistan will decide whether the disqualification of an elected prime minister is for one day or for life", she added.
A five-member bench of the country's apex court unanimously ruled on Friday that anyone disqualified under a constitutional clause requiring legislators to be "honest and trustworthy" would be considered banned for life.
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"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.
"This is an accusation on which a sitting prime minister was disqualified, the trial is ongoing and.no accusation has yet been proven", said State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, speaking to reporters shortly after the verdict was announced.
Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal read out the verdict, which seals the political fate of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen and other lawmakers disqualified under the said article.
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