ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has barred former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from heading country’s ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
The top court struck down the Election Act 2017, an amendment to the law that paved the way for Nawaz Sharif to be re-elected as PML-N president.
The SC in its verdict on petitions challenging Election Act 2017 declared that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the constitution cannot hold party office.
The court issued a short order declaring all the actions taken by the Nawaz Sharif as head of PML-N after Supreme Court’s July 28, 201, verdict in Panama case as null and void.
The court also cancelled tickets for Senate elections awarded by Nawaz Sharif as party head.
The short order was read out by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar.
Earlier, a full bench of the Supreme Court completed hearing of petitions challenging Election Act 2017.
The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar wrapped up hearing of the identical petition challenging Election Acto 2017 especially the amendment allowing a disqualified person to head a political party.
The court while wrapping up the hearing said that it would decide whether to issue a short order or reserve judgment on the petition by 4:30 pm today.
Earlier in July last year, Pakistan’s top court had disqualified Nawaz as prime minister of the country under the same Articles of the Constitution.