Supreme Court disqualifies Sharif as PML-N chief

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Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif is ineligible to head his own political party, six months after he was removed as premier.

The Supreme Court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution can not head a political party.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), as per the directives of the Supreme Court, removed the name of Nawaz Sharif as the head of PML-N from its record, and directed the ruling party to fill the vacant post of its president within 45 days.

Maryam Aurangzeb, information minister, said the court ruling was not unexpected.

A batch of petitions challenged the act in the Supreme Court. She said verdicts from all Courts were coming against Nawaz Sharif.

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Another petitioner's counsel, Farogh Naseem, argued that there is a precedent of a court order against a political party's head.

He maintained that the decision will not lead to minus-Nawaz proposition.

Sharif has said his removal from office was part of a political conspiracy against him, and his party and the judiciary have engaged in an escalating war of words.

According to Pakistan television channel Geo news, The former Prime Minister believes that he and his family would remain steadfast in the pursuit of its mission despite the use of underhand tactics by opponents. "We will not let the system be derailed", he stated.

Similarly, when former military ruler Pervaiz Musharraf imposed restrictions on the PPP, a new party called PPP-Parliamentarians was created, but the decisions for that party were also taken by Benazir Bhutto. The final verdict in the case was announced on 28 July 2017, with the Supreme Court announcing its unanimous decision for disqualifying the Prime Minister from holding public office.

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Several journalists and political analysts also took to expressing their opinion on Twitter following the verdict.

"With today's verdict, [already] disqualified Nawaz Sharif was once again handed the certificate of disqualification", PTI Spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said in a statement.

The verdict will not affect the PML-Ns registration as a party.

They also content that the law is against the spirit of the Constitution. "He is a popular leader, who has massive public support with him".

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