Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

Pakistan SC disqualifies Nawaz Sharif as PML-N chief

Pakistan SC disqualifies Nawaz Sharif as PML-N chief

The Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Sharif from the post of Prime Minister after the apex court found him guilty in the Panama Papers verdict.

Major political parties - including the PPP and the PTI - challenged the Elections Reforms Act 2017, which paved the way for Sharif to become party head again after his disqualification from holding political office under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution.

In order to understand the future implications of the court judgment, Pakistan Today spoke to various legal experts, whose majority was of the opinion that there were chances of a delay in the Senate elections.

The apex court also declared null and void all the decisions taken by Nawaz Sharif following his disqualification on July 28, 2017.

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has termed Supreme Court ruling in Election Act 2017 against the basic principles of the justice.

Justice (r) Shaiq Usmani said the verdict has created many legal tribulations for the ruling party.

Sharif and his supporters have repeatedly denied allegations of corruption, suggesting the three-time prime minister is the victim of a conspiracy driven by Pakistan's powerful military establishment.

In the court order Wednesday, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to remove Sharif as party head from all relevant records.

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According to a copy of the verdict issued by the court, a three-member bench of the court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar gave the decision while hearing petitions against the Elections Act 2017 passed by the parliament, which paved the way for Sharif to resume his position as chief of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) following his disqualification from the public office past year.

Following the Supreme Court's verdict, Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from serving as Pakistan's Prime Minister, as well as the leader of the National Assembly. However, decisions taken by Sharif will be nullified, including tickets issued by him for the Senate elections.

However, despite the highly publicized trial, the ruling party managed to pass new acts that would amend Pakistan's Constitution and allow the former prime minister to retain his position as the chair of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party. It was passed from both houses of parliament despite the bone of contention being its Section 203 which allowed the ex-PM to hold office as the PML-N president.

They said that names of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz are being discussed for next party head.

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