Nawaz Sharif Unfit to Lead PML-N: Pakistan Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the head of his own party PML-N.

PNL-N, the party led by the deposed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is the ruling party of Pakistan.

Mr. Sharif ousted by a court order last year amid the allegations of corruption. The Supreme Court of Pakistani delivered a guilty verdict that led Mr. Nawaz’s resignation.

Publication of classified document known as the Panama Papers revealed that he owns properties in London.

The documents against Nawaz and his family triggered controversy. PTI’s chairperson Mr. Imran Khan’s petition in the Supreme Court over the Panama Papers has finally pulled him down. The court also disqualified the country’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Nawaz Sharif, however, wasn’t disqualified because of the Panama Papers, though. He has been disqualified based on the Supreme Court mandated investigation team’s findings that Mr. Nawaz is chairman of an offshore company in Dubai and reported to receive a salary.

The Pakistani Supreme Court unanimously declared Nawaz’s disqualification verdict only because he failed to declare his un-withdrawn salary of AED 10,000 dirhams from Capital FZE in his 2013 nomination papers. This verdict, however, triggered a controversy.

The latest court ruling says that his earlier dismissal from the office of Prime Minister makes him ineligible to lead the party.

“The Election Commission is directed to remove the name of Nawaz Sharif as president of PML-N from all official records,” Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said.

The court declared that the Nawaz nominees for the Senate election have thus been invalidated.

“The Election Commission is directed to remove the name of Nawaz Sharif as president of PML-N from all official records,” Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said.

“As a result, all steps taken, all orders passed by Nawaz Sharif are also declared to be as if they had never been taken.”

The new Supreme Court verdict has once again brought light on the differences between Nawaz and court which the political analysts believe will lead to further escalation of crisis just before the general elections to be held soon.


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