Nawaz Sharif’s political career done and dusted, disqualified for life

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By Muslim Mirror Desk,

In a big blow to former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League (N) patron, Nawaz Sharif a Supreme Court verdict brought down curtains on former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif’s political career declaring him ineligible to apply for any public post for life.

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that disqualification of any member of parliament or a public servant under Article 62 was for life. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from holding office by a five-judge Supreme Court bench last July in the Panama Papers case under Article 62(1)(f), which sets the pre-condition for an MP to be “sadiq and ameen” (honest and righteous). Sharif was found to be involved in money laundering in 1990s, when he twice served as the PM, to purchase assets in London.

A five-judge bench ─ headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah ─ had on February 14 reserved the judgment on 17 appeals and petitions challenging the length of disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) for possessing fake degrees.

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