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Former Pakistani Prime Minister disqualified from holding office for life

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Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 07:42

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

On July 28, 2017, Pakistan Supreme Court had disqualified Nawaz Sharif after he was found guilty in the Panama Papers case. The ruling said the disqualification of any MP or a public servant under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution would be permanent. "Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of parliament", the court declared. Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court past year for concealing in his nomination papers the receivable income from his son's company in the UAE.

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".

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"A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless... he is sagacious, righteous, non-profligate and honest, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law", reads Article 62 (1) (f) of the Pakistani Constitution. Female activists from PML-N protested outside the top court following the decision. They deny any wrong doing and Sharif has painted himself as a victim of rival politics.

This year the Supreme Court also ordered Sharif's removal as president of the ruling PML-N.

He said the PPP had repeatedly told Nawaz Sharif to let the parliament decide the fate of politicians, "but he did not listen and went to the SC". The ruling was an interpretation of a constitutional article that has been used to remove legislators from office before, a senior lawyer said.