Supreme Court removed Nawaz Sharif from the position of party president

Supreme Court of Pakistan barred Nawaz Sharif from holding the party office as a disqualified person. The Supreme Court strike down the amendment in political parties act 2002 which enable Nawaz Sharif to hold the position of president in his party. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umer Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsen was hearing into the petitions, challenging the controversial Election Act 2017.

The Supreme Court made it clear that any person disqualified under article 62 and 63 of the constitution cannot head the party. Only person qualified under 62 and 63 can head a political party. In its judgement, the three-member bench ruled that former premier Nawaz Sharif does not qualify to serve as the PML-N president. Article 17 of the Constitution gives right to form a political party with legal conditions are also included in it, the SC judgement reads. The Chief Justice remarked that it was mandatory for chief of political party to fulfill the requirements of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case last year under Article 62 of the Constitution for failing to declare his receivable salary as an asset. Election Act 2017 had paved the way for deposed prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to become head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and 10 others including advocate Zulifqar Ahmed Bhutta had filed identical petitions in the apex court, praying for declaring the Election Law 2017 as ultra vires to the Constitution.

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