Pakistan SC disqualifies Nawaz Sharif for life

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Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday (April 13) issued a lifetime ban on politicians holding office after legal disqualification - a ruling that will bar former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from ever holding an elected position following a corruption probe against him previous year (2017).

Pronouncing the historic verdict that may have a large bearing on the Islamic country's politics, the apex court said that Nawaz's disqualification under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution was for a lifetime.

According to the court, this life ban is as per Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution of the country. "Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of parliament", the court declared.

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

This will effectively end any hopes for the return of three time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif who had to resign after being declared dishonest by the apex court in July past year.

A five-member bench delivered the verdict on the question of the period of the disqualification of a member of the parliament.

Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb criticized the court ruling saying that it a controversial decision.

Marriyum stated that time and again, democratically elected leaders of Pakistan are unceremoniously removed from their post. She further said that the verdict is the "same joke" that has been done with all the 17 prime ministers in the history of Pakistan.

"Today's decision is the same as Nawaz's trial court case", she added maintaining that a decision has been made on a trial which is still under way.

Sharif's second term as Prime Minister from 1997 ended in 1999 when then powerful Army chief Pervez Musharraf staged a bloodless coup.

In 2013 general elections, Sharif's centre-right Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) had emerged as the single largest party falling just short of a majority.