Pakistan top court bars Nawaz Sharif from heading own party

  • Pakistan top court bars Nawaz Sharif from heading own party

Pakistan top court bars Nawaz Sharif from heading own party

The decision will likely force Sharif to step down as president of Pakistan's ruling Muslim League-N party and possibly end his career in politics.

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad in Pakistan in 2017.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to be chief of the country's ruling party, saying that a person who is not eligible to hold a public office can not head a party.

"The Election Commission is directed to remove the name of Nawaz Sharif as president/Party Head of PML-N from all relevant records, �??"

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After Sharifs disqualification as prime minister past year, the ruling PML-N amended the Constitution to allow him to retain his chairmanship of the party.

Earlier Wednesday, the apex court had reserved its judgement on the Election Act 2017, which paved the way for deposed Sharif to become party head of the PML-N prior to his disqualification.

A subsequent law, known as the Elections Act 2017, was passed by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party past year, which allowed Sharif to retake his post as party leader despite the charges against him.

The PML-N chief was chairing a meeting of the party at his Jati Umra residence near Lahore on Wednesday.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the Supreme Court's verdict was continuation of Panama's verdict. "Sharif can not be removed from politics through conspiracies", he said.

The PML-N controls Pakistan's lower house of parliament.

The petitions, challenging specific clauses of the Elections Act 2017, state that Nawaz's appointment as party president is in violation of Clause 5 of the Political Parties Order 2002 and Article 17 of the Constitution.

A three-member bench of the apex court led by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ruled that any person who has been disqualified for the parliament, can not serve as the party president as well. One is regarding the duration of his disqualification, and the other decision is related to corruption referemces being heard by the accountability court.

The former premier further said that the parliament and the institutions stay within their ambit due to the Constitution.

"Nawaz Sharif talks about the SC verdict and reserves the right to give his opinion on the ruling".