Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies Nawaz Sharif from holding public office for life

Samina Samoon performed under the name Samina Sindhu. At the start of the footage she can be seen sitting down while singing

Samina Samoon performed under the name Samina Sindhu. At the start of the footage she can be seen sitting down while singing

Sharif was dismissed from office as prime minister in July of previous year, in a case lodged over disclosures in the Panama Papers leak, but which ultimately hinged on allegations that he had failed to declare a salary from his son's UAE-based company.

Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday ruled that politicians who have been legally disqualified will be banned from holding an elected office for life. This order is for life.

A five-judge bench of the court, led by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, gave the verdict unanimously, Dawn reported.

Mr Khan was of the view that Mr Sharif had gone to the SC in the Memogate case not to dislodge the government or to seek someone's disqualification, but only as a complainant against a "traitor". The allegations, which he denies, followed disclosures in the Panama Papers leaks in 2016.

Along with his daughter and other family members, Sharif, whose party came into power in a landslide victory in the 2013 general election, is already facing three corruption cases, which, he claims, are "cooked up" and aimed at ousting him and his party from politics.

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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. "Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of Parliament", the verdict read.

Khan was cleared by the courts but Tareen was disqualified in December under the same constitutional article used to remove Sharif from office. He was the 15th Prime Minister.

Despite the numerous court rulings against the PML-N, the party has won a string of recent by-elections proving it will likely remain a force in the next polls.

"The verdict is a joke and such decisions have also been announced about 17 prime ministers", State Minister of Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb said. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was one of the lawmakers who the court had disqualified in the past under the article.

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