Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Pakistan's Supreme Court bars ousted PM Nawaz Sharif from leading PML-N

Pakistan's Supreme Court bars ousted PM Nawaz Sharif from leading PML-N

Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a disqualified politician can not lead a political party, ordering the removal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as head of the country's ruling party.

Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the apex court in the Panama Papers case previous year under Article 62 of the Constitution for failing to declare a receivable salary as an asset.

Mr Sharif was ordered to step down as prime minister a year ago amid corruption allegations that he denies.

Former PM's daughter Maryam Nawaz also used the platform to express solidarity with her father following the verdict by simply posting Sharif's picture using with the caption "Main Bhee Nawaz Hoon", using an old hashtag (#NewProfilePic) which she had previously used to express solidarity with PMLN leaders.

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The initial response from PMLN members indicates that even if he can not be the head, "Sharif will continue to dominate the party from the sidelines", Askari said.

He maintained that the decision will not lead to minus-Nawaz proposition.

"The decision applies to everyone", he noted.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar today ruled that it is mandatory for a party chief to fulfil the requirements of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution as a party head is powerful and political parties control the government.

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Citing past precedents, Hussain said Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain never held a party position, nor did he sign the Senate nominations list submitted to the ECP, but he still took all party decisions. It also delegitimised her Pakistan People's Party (PPP) which was forced to rename itself PPP-Parliamentarians (PPP-P), the name it still carries. One is regarding the duration of his disqualification, and the other decision is related to corruption referemces being heard by the accountability court.

"The country and its entire politics can not be put on the line to save an individual's corruption". "He is a popular leader, who has massive public support with him".

Talal Chaudhry, however, said the parliament can make any legislation, contending that the constitution is also drafted by the parliament.

"This is a bogus argument".

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