The Pakistan’s supreme Court gave a landmark verdict to end the political career of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif on Friday. He was charged under the Article 62 which disqualifies any member of parliament or a public servant for life. He was charged against the money laundering case in 1990s as he purchased assets in London.
Pakistan’s State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said the verdict is same as the Nawaz’s trial court case and this decision is similar to the decision taken against the former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
She said, “Nawaz was first disqualified as Prime Minister, then removed as head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, his party was barred from participating in senate elections and now they have ruled against him for holding a public office for life”.
Adding further, she said all the democratically elected leaders are similarly removed by their post. She said, “This joke has already been played on previous premiers and all 17 Prime Minister of Pakistan have faced a similar fate”.
The five judge bench is headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar with Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Ijazul Ahsal.
During the hearing of the case, Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified under Article 62 which is “confined only to the election in question and not perpetual” but the opposition parties agrued that the disqualified under Article 62 (1)(f) of the constitution should be lifetime.
However, Attorney General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali said, “A declaration under Article 62(1)(f) doesnot 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”.
Nawaz Sharid along with the family member including his Son-in-law Safdar and Ishaq Dar, Former Finance minister are still being investigated by the National Accountability Bureau for money laundering case and other corruption cases.