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Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies Nawaz Sharif as PML-N chief

March 22 2018, 05:55 | Irvin Gilbert

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The Supreme Court's February 21 ruling requires that Sharif's name be removed as president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and declares that all recent decisions made by him as the head of the party are null and void. The court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 can not serve as the head of a political party, reported Geo TV.

The judgement into Elections Act 2017 followed 17 petitions - filled in the Supreme Court by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Awami Muslim League (AML) and others - against the controversial act which had authorized Nawaz Sharif to take over PML-N again despite being declared "dishonest" by the apex court.

The Supreme Court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution can not head a political party. A person who is disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution is not eligible to nominate anyone to lower and upper houses of parliament, Nisar said.

While #MujhayKyunNikala trended on Twitter following the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan previous year, this recent verdict stirred Twitteratis to generate several hashtags to express their opinions over the recent political development.

As a result, the Elections Act 2017 was passed by Parliament.

Minister of State Talal Chaudhry had told the media that Sharif will remain chief of PML-N.

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 a year ago.

The judgment also hung the fate of the Senate elections scheduled to be held in March, in the balance, local broadcaster Express News reported quoting constitutional experts.

The verdict will not affect the PML-Ns registration as a party.

Instead, the judge said that he had praised the countrys leadership and added that he does not "owe anyone an explanation".

Sharif has held several rallies in different parts of Pakistan since his ouster.

Political personalities, including Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, Babar Awan, Asad Umar, also commented over the decision that has stirred the political environment in the country.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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