Islamabad, Feb 21: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as the president of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) or PML-N. The court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 cannot serve as the head of a political party, reported Geo TV.
Elections Act 2017 was pushed through the upper and lower houses of the parliament earlier and had paved the way for Nawaz to resume his position as party president after being disqualified in the Panama Papers case. A batch of petitions challenged the act in the Supreme Court.
The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar held that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution cannot head a political party. Delivering the verdict, the Chief Justice said that it was mandatory for chief of political party to fulfil the requirements of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.
As a result of the verdict, all decisions including Senate tickets issued by Nawaz Sharif as PML-N chief stand null and void. Sharif was disqualified as the Prime Minister after the Supreme Court convicted him in the Panama Papers case last year.