Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies Nawaz Sharif as PML-N chief

Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies Nawaz Sharif as PML-N chief

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution can not serve as the head of a political party, in a blow to Nawaz Sharif who will no longer remain the chief of the ruling PML-N.

Sharif was barred from office last July by the court following a corruption probe into his family's finances, but he was then re-elected by his party as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

"The courts can declare Nawaz Sharif ineligible as PML-N chief, but they cannot drive him out of people's hearts", Musaddiq Malik, another senior PML-N leader, told DawnNews.

It is pertinent to mention here that 16 petitioners had filed pleas against controversial Election Act-2017.

Former prime minster Nawaz Sharif's request to club the three references against him was once again rejected by the the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) on Wednesday, reported Express News.

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The parliament had paved the way for Sharif to resume his position as party chief following his disqualification from public office in 2017.

"Nawaz Sharif will devise the strategy of the PML-N and he will take all decisions", she said. The court also cancelled the tickets awarded by Nawaz Sharif to Senate's aspirants as PML-N's president.

With the judgement, it is possible that the Senate elections scheduled for March 3 will have to be postponed.

Three cases were registered by the National Accountability Bureau against Sharif, his children and son-in-law in the court on September 8.

Nawaz Sharif has been complaining about dual standards of justice in the country following the court proceedings in three graft references.

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