N terms SC verdict against basic principles of justice


The Supreme Court of Pakistan has announced the verdict on Election Act 2017 earlier on Wednesday and has declared that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ineligible to head the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, his own political party.

However, the legal hurdle in his way to become party chief was cleared on Monday when the National Assembly passed a controversial Election Bill 2017 that allows politicians disqualified from holding public office to head a political party.

According to a copy of the verdict issued by the court, a three-member bench of the court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar gave the decision while hearing petitions against the Elections Act 2017 passed by the parliament, which paved the way for Sharif to resume his position as chief of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) following his disqualification from the public office past year.

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

"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, according to Reuters.

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

"Nawaz Sharif will devise the strategy of the PML-N and he will take all decisions", she said.

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The victor of each of the three groups and the team with the second-best record received byes to the quarterfinals. I am going to take the next two months to focus on what I can do and right now that is competing for my country.

"The decision applies to everyone", he noted.

Mr Sharif was the 15th prime minister in Pakistan's 70-year history - roughly half of it under military rule - to be ousted before completing a full term. "We will not let the system be derailed", he stated.

Citing past precedents, Hussain said Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain never held a party position, nor did he sign the Senate nominations list submitted to the ECP, but he still took all party decisions.

Meanwhile as soon as the Supreme Court read its judgement, PML-N leader as well as political analysts took to Twitter and shared their views on the verdict.

Political-scientist Rasul Bakhsh Rais said it is not fair for anyone in the world to lead a country "while stealing money from the people".

Constitutional lawyer Farogh Nasim said the ruling could also affect midterm Senate elections next month. "He is a popular leader, who has massive public support with him".

"This is a bogus argument".