Pakistan bars former PM Sharif from holding office for life

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Before giving the verdict, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, who was heading the bench, was quoted as saying by Dawn News that he said people deserves "leaders of good character".

Sharif was disqualified under the Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution as per which he will be unable to contest elections for the rest of his life.

The court also banned disqualified opposition politician Jahangir Tareen from running for office again.

The court had disqualified Sharif as Prime Minister over corruption charges in July previous year but it had not mentioned the disqualification period in the verdict. Supreme Court Justice Umar Ata Bandial has described the decision of the jury against Nawaz's disqualification as being permanent, so he can't challenge it in anyway, and will just have to accept it. Past year on July 28, the Supreme Court had disqualified Sharif for being dishonest for concealing in his nomination papers the receivable income from his son's UAE company.

A member of Sharif's ruling party, Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, angrily dismissed the ruling as a "joke". The ruling was an interpretation of a constitutional article that has been used to remove legislators from office before, a senior lawyer said.

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"But people of Pakistan will decide whether the disqualification of an elected prime minister is for one day or for life", she added.

"Now today they disqualified (Sharif) for life". "Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of Parliament", the verdict read.

The historic ruling ended Sharif's hopes to stage a political comeback in general elections slated after June.

Sharif was also removed as head of the party he founded when the courts overturned a legal amendment by PML-N lawmakers in February that allowed him to remain party president despite being disqualified from public office.

"Despite the judicial verdict, PML-N will continue to be the largest political party of the country under the guidance of Nawaz Sharif", he said.

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