Pakistan Supreme Court bans Nawaz Sharif from politics for life

Pakistan Supreme Court bans Nawaz Sharif from politics for life

Pakistan Supreme Court bans Nawaz Sharif from politics for life

Earlier in 2017, Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from holding public office with immediate effect after his name emerged in major corruption cases courtesy of the infamous Panama Papers. Friday's ruling addressed an ambiguity over whether he was barred for life or for a specific period for not being honest.

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. Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of Parliament. Likewise, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen was disqualified on Dec 15 a year ago by a separate bench of the apex court under the same provision.

The Panama Papers released by Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in April previous year highlighted the involvement of various business ans political personalities, among them 11 current and former national leaders, claiming they worked with the firm Mossack Fonseca to establish shadow companies for global transactions and money laundering.

An influential opposition leader Jehangir Tarin, who belongs to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf or Justice Movement, was also declared disqualified for life under the judgment.

In April 2016, Sharif's eldest son, Hussain Nawaz, admitted in an interview with a local Pakistani channel that his family owned the offshore companies and the apartments in London.

Marriyum said, "The premier was elected through the votes of the people and the decision regarding his disqualification also lies with the people". The ruling is believed to change the course of Pakistan's political history. Female activists from PML-N protested outside the top court following the decision.

At the last hearing, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf had told the bench that it was not the function of courts to say that the disqualification under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution was for life or to give any timeline.

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