In a major blow to ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Supreme Courtsaid today that a person disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 cannot serve as party chief.
The Pakistan Supreme Court had disqualified the PML-N chief from the prime minister’s post in July last year after a probe panel alleged his family could not account for its wealth.
Sharif later moved petitions challenging the corruption allegation in the Panama Papers scandal which was rejected by the top court.
The Elections Act 2017 was moved in both houses of Parliament in Pakistan last year in an attempt to allow Nawaz Sharif to continue as PML-N chief.
PML-N quickly nominated Sharif as the party head just hours after Parliament amended the law to allow Sharif re-elected as party chief, however, the Supreme Court today virtually rejected the move.
Justice Nisar who was part of the three-judge panel said in Pakistan’s political setup, political parties are personality driven.
The previous election bill barred from office someone disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, which was used by the courts to remove Sharif.
Experts and PML-N party members who have keenly followed the events over the past months are now awaiting Sharif’s next move.