Supreme Court bars Nawaz, Tareen from holding office for life


Supreme Court building in Islamabad-File photo

ISLAMABAD: Supreme court on Friday in its land mark judgement announced that the disqualification of lawmakers under Article-62(1) (f) of the Constitution would be for life, Aaj News reported.

Sharif, 67, resigned in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income, but the veteran leader maintains his grip on the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

Under the article 62 (1) f Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the five member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa in Panama Papers case on 28th February 2017.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, Jahangir Tareen was also disqualified by another bench, under the same article 62 (1) f, later in Decemeber.

The bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah reserved the verdict on 14th of February.

The Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution states, “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, and honest and Ameen.”

Following the verdict, both Sharif and Tareen have become ineligible to ever hold public office.

Previously, Attorney General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali pleaded that no duration of disqualification is mentioned in the Constitution. However, he was of the view that it is the Parliament which can determine the time duration of disqualification of a lawmaker.

The AGP said that a declaration under Article 62(1)(f) does not carry a time limit, nor does it prescribe a mechanism for revisiting such a declaration, adding that the court would have to look into the matter on a case-to-case basis.