Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office or contesting elections for lifetime in a landmark verdict that could change the course of the country's political history. Article 62 (1)(f), which sets the precondition for a member of Pakistan's parliament to be sadiq and ameen (honest and righteous), was the one under which Sharif was disqualified as PM a year ago.
Khan's party pressed the top court to investigate the premier's business dealings following the so-called Panama Papers leaks in 2016 showed the Sharif family used offshore accounts to buy high-end London properties. "Whether he would wait for the PML-N to win the elections or take aggressive steps like boycotting the ballot or starting street protests".
Speaking to reporters after the ruling, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb from the ruling party called the judgment a "joke".
Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was disqualified on June 19, 2012 from holding a seat in parliament for committing contempt of the court on moral turpitude in terms of Article 63 of the Constitution which specifies disqualification for a period of five years.
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"If it is found by a court of law that any person wanting to be a member of parliament has furnished particulars which are found false or omitted to furnish particulars which are necessary, then he will come under that category of persons disqualified for life". "But people of Pakistan will decide whether the disqualification of an elected prime minister is for one day or for life", she added.
Notably, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen was among the other lawmakers also disqualified under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution.
Sharif for the longest of time had held party's central command not just within PML-N but also in governments' run by the party and now he has been sidelined forever.
The decision was immediately panned by Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party.