I am being victimised, asserts Nawaz after lifetime disqualification verdict

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

Sharif, 67, resigned in July a year ago after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income, but the veteran leader maintains his grip on the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. The ruling said the disqualification of any MP or a public servant under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution would be permanent. The verdict was delivered unanimously by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court and read by Justice Umar Ata Bandial.

On July 28, 2017, Pakistan Supreme Court had disqualified Nawaz Sharif after he was found guilty in the Panama Papers case.

Though there was no clear determination about the length of disqualification in Article 62 (1)(f), former chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry had held in the 2013 Abdul Ghafoor Lehri case that under Article 63, there were certain disqualifications which were of temporary nature and a person disqualified under Article 63 could become qualified after the lapse of a certain period.

A five-member bench unanimously ruled that Mr Sharif's ban would be for life because he had already failed an "honest and trustworthy" test when he was disqualified previous year. Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of parliament.

The historic ruling ended 68-year-old Sharif's hopes for a political future.

CJP Mian Saqib Nisar with women from his family
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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 previous year.

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, which is Pakistan's premier government institution to release official economic data, said Pakistan recorded the highest growth of 4.08 per cent in the indices monitored by the Ministry of Industries, followed by 1.54 per cent growth in the products monitored by the Provincial Bureau of Statistics, and 0.62 per cent growth in the indices of the Oil Company Advisory Committee (OCAC).

Sharif, who has been elected and removed as prime minister three times since the 1990s, has faced a relentless anti-graft campaign - led by former cricket star and opposition leader Imran Khan.

She said, "Decisions against Sharif are made first and trials are conducted later". On Friday, the top court said that the disqualification of the stained ex-Prime Minister stands for life. "The verdict has started a phase of Sharif's politics which our enemies should be afraid of", the information minister added.

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