Home Politics Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is cleared to run in elections as the Supreme Court ends his lifetime disqualification.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is cleared to run in elections as the Supreme Court ends his lifetime disqualification.

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Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is cleared to run in elections as the Supreme Court ends his lifetime disqualification.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has abolished the lifetime disqualification of legislators, as per Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, with a resounding 6-1 majority judgment. This decision overturns the court’s earlier 2018 decision and specifies that disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) shall adhere to particular procedures rather than being permanent.

The Elections (Amendment) Act 2023, which establishes a 5-year disqualification period, is taken into account in the court’s decision. Notably, those who were disqualified under this provision such as leader Jahangir Tareen and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif are now permitted to run in elections.

The court’s ruling takes a more nuanced approach to political disqualifications in Pakistan and represents a fundamental shift in the interpretation of Article 62(1)(f) by highlighting the need for a statute establishing the disqualification procedure.

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