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Nawaz Sharif disqualification For Life

Nawaz Sharif disqualification For Life

Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday barred Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf general secretary Jahangir Tareen from contesting elections for life in a case pertaining to duration of disqualification of a parliamentarian under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.

Article 62(1)(f) reads: “A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless-…he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.”

On February 14, the apex court had reserved its decision in the case to determine the time-period that elected lawmakers will remain disqualified for.

A five-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, had reserved the verdict while hearing several petitions to determine the time-period a lawmaker would remain disqualified for after being de-seated in violation of Article 62(1)(f) and other election laws.

During the hearing, the court had observed that the disqualification will continue for as long as the declaration [signed by electoral candidates declaring them honest] holds, adding that the 18th Amendment, passed in 2010, did not determine a time period for disqualification.

At an earlier hearing on February 8, the chief justice had also acknowledged the ambiguity of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.

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