KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has announced the verdict on Election Act 2017 earlier on Wednesday and has declared that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ineligible to head the PML-N, his own political party.
The Supreme Court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution cannot head a political party. Hearing into the petitions was a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Umer Ata Bandial, and Justice Ijazul Ahsen. The three-member bench of the Supreme Court challenged the controversial Election Act 2017 and ruled that former premier Nawaz Sharif does not qualify to serve as the PML-N president.
According to local reports from Pakistan, the chief justice said that since a party head is powerful and political parties control the government, therefore it is mandatory for a party head to fulfill the requirements of Article 62 and 63. “Parliamentarians must possess good character to run the affairs of parliament,” Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar added.
As a direct result of the Supreme Court ruling, all decisions issued by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the party chief, including all the tickets awarded to candidates for the Senate elections, were declared null and void.