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Supreme Court Reserves Verdict in the Lifetime Disqualification Case of Sharif

By Anahita Zurvan

The apex court, today, earmarked the judgment in Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification case. Under the article 62(1)(f) of the constitution, time limit for disqualification is yet to be determined.

Led by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, the five-judge bench heard many lawyers during the hearing of the case.

Ashtar Ausaf Ali, Attorney General (AG) for Pakistan, confirmed that the term for disqualification is not mentioned in the constitution and, if at all needed, only parliament is authorized to do so.

AG, Ausaf, further told, “A declaration under Article 62(1)(f) does not carry a time limit, nor does it prescribe the mechanism for revisiting such a declaration. Therefore, till such time the parliament makes such provisions, the declaration shall continue,”

Former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, opposed the idea and told that the Article 62 “is confined only to the election in question, and not perpetual.” before the Supreme Court. As contended by Nawaz Sharif, article 62 does not deal with the disqualification.

He detailed this in a written statement in the case related to the interpretation of Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution of Pakistan.

So far, the five-member bench (Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah) of the Supreme Court—led by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, has taken-up 17 appeals against the disqualification.