By Maryam Iraj
Nawaz Sharif, former PM and PML-N leader, has been disqualified for life by the Supreme Court, under article 62 (1) (f), with four-member bench. Justice Umer Ata Bandial wrote and read the decision in room no 1 of the court. Juustice Asmat Saeed wrote an additional note to this historic decision. This decision comes with an immense embarrassment and shock as Sharif was PM of Pakistan thrice, and his politics spanning over more than three decade has been buried now.
Jahangir Tareen, former PTI leader, also got disqualified under the same article by the apex court.
With this decision, both Sharif and Tareen, won’t be able to become parliamentarians for the rest of their lives.
On February 14, a five-member larger bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar, had withheld the verdict while hearing several petitions seeking to determine the time-period a lawmaker would remain disqualified for after being de-seated in violation of Article 62(1)(f) and other election laws.
The apex court had determined, during the hearing, that the disqualification will continue for life if the declaration [signed by electoral candidates declaring them honest] stays relevant, adding that the 18th Amendment, passed in 2010, did not determine a time period for disqualification which naturally translates into lifetime.
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Article 62(1)(f) reads: “A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless-…he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.”
The historic judgment of today would have effects for disqualified lawmakers, especially both for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s leader, Jahangir Tareen, and former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif.
On December 15, 2017, the Supreme Court had also disqualified Tareen for failing to declare an offshore company and a property abroad in his election nomination papers.