Tahirul Qadri welcomes sc verdict of disqualifying Nawaz for life

NAB alleges the road was constructed in connivance with Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif for his personal benefit in 1998

Nawaz, stepped in July a year ago after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income, but the veteran leader holds sway over the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and the federal government as Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is said to be at his beck and call.

Likewise, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen was disqualified on December 15 previous year by a separate bench of the apex court under the same provision.Following the verdict, both Sharif and Tareen have become ineligible to ever hold public office.The verdict read out by Justice Umar Ata Bandial said the disqualification of any member of parliament or a public servant under Article 62 (1)(f) in the future will be permanent.

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.

The court also banned disqualified opposition politician Jahangir Tareen from running for office again.

Sharif is now appearing before an accountability court in Islamabad on other charges linked to London properties his family owns - proceedings ordered by the Supreme Court last July - that could see him jailed if found guilty. Supreme Court Justice Umar Ata Bandial has described the decision of the jury against Nawaz's disqualification as being permanent, so he can't challenge it in anyway, and will just have to accept it.

Sharif resigned in July after the high court disqualified him from office over corruption issues. Sharif was dismissed from office last July on corruption charges, stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers.

"Now today they disqualified (Sharif) for life".

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) hailed the ruling against Sharif.

Marriyum Aurangzeb, the minister of information, denounced the verdict.

Sharif was also removed as head of the party he founded when the courts overturned a legal amendment by PML-N lawmakers in February that allowed him to remain party president despite being disqualified from public office.

However, he has so far been successful in sustaining the pressure from legislators with support and blessing of the PML-N government in Islamabad, particularly from deposed PM Nawaz Sharif.

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