Islamabad, Apr 13: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified from holding public office for life by the country’s Supreme Court, reported Dawn. A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Nawaz Sharif cannot hold public office for life under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution.
The verdict was delivered on a batch of petitions challenging the length of disqualification of Nawaz Sharif under Article 62(1)(f) for possessing fake degrees. The government had argued 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.
The Article 62(1)(f) reads, “A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and righteous, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.”
According to The Dawn, it is the same article under which Sharif was disqualified from the post of Prime Minister over the Panama Papers leak case in July last year by the Pakistani top court. Also, Tareen was forced to step down as the PTI’s secretary under the same provision.
In February this year, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying that all the decisions made by him as the party chief stand “null and void”.
Sharif, a three-time prime minister, was earlier disqualified by the apex court for failing to declare his assets while being the Prime Minister of the country.