Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Former Pakistani Prime Minister disqualified from holding office for life

Former Pakistani Prime Minister disqualified from holding office for life

Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif from contesting elections for life on Friday amid an ongoing corruption trial.

Sharif, 67, resigned from office in July after the top court found him guilty of concealing a foreign source of income.

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A five-member bench of the country's apex court unanimously ruled on Friday that anyone disqualified under a constitutional clause requiring legislators to be "honest and trustworthy" would be considered banned for life.

Today's ruling marks a victory for the former cricketer Imran Khan, who leads the opposition Movement for Justice and who has waged... "Nawaz Sharif has been caught in his own trap as he himself had supported Article 62", Khurshed Shah, leader of the Opposition in National Assembly, told media after the Supreme Court decision.

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Claiming that not a "single rupee's corruption has been proven against the former premier", the information minister said, "The case on which Nawaz has been disqualified for life is still under way as is the case which disqualified him from his premiership".

The charges stemmed from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers. Decisions in these cases are expected ahead of the general elections.

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