Pakistan bars ex-premier Nawaz Sharif from politics for life

Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif disqualified from holding office for life

Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif disqualified from holding office for life

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of Sharif rejected the verdict and said the former Prime Minister was "punished for eliminating terrorism and carrying out development projects".

Pakistan's Supreme Court has disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, dismissed from his post over corruption allegations previous year, from holding public office for life. This order is for life.

Just after the ruling was announced, Marriyun Aurangzeb, state minister for information and broadcasting, ridiculed the judgement saying that no corruption allegations have been proven against Nawaz Sharif to date and yet the jury on Sharif is out.

She said Nawaz Sharif lives in the hearts of people who would not accept this disqualification.

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 verdict was issued by the apex court while hearing a case related to the determination of time duration for disqualification of a lawmaker under the Constitution. Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of Parliament.

"Today is a day of test for the nation when a judicial decision has barred a popular national leader from serving the country who made it a nuclear power and who has the distinct honour of being elected prime minister thrice", Nawaz's younger brother added.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) hailed the ruling against Sharif. He was the 15th Prime Minister.

Both of Sharifs first two stints had ended in the third year of his tenure.

Sharif was found to be involved in money laundering in 1990s, when he twice served as the PM, to purchase assets in London. But, he was able to muster the required strength within days as many independents came forward to support him.

The court was ruling on a petition asking the tribunal whether the disqualified premier could ever run again.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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