Islamabad: In a landmark verdict, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday disqualified deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office for life. The ruling is believed to change the course of Pakistan’s political history. The verdict was delivered unanimously by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court and read by Justice Umar Ata Bandial. The bench – comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah – had reserved the verdict on February 14.
After the announcement of the verdict, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said that no corruption allegation has been proven against Sharif till date. “The trial has been going on in NAB court and the disqualification verdict is already out,” she was quoted as saying by Samaa TV. Sharif was disqualified under the Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution according to which he will be unable to contest elections for the rest of his life.
Notably, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen was among the other lawmakers also disqualified under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. 67-year-old Sharif tendered his resignation in July after the apex court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income. However, the leader continues to maintain a solid grip on the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.