Supreme Court announces verdict in the disqualification period case under Article 62 (1)(f)
ISLAMABAD - Supreme Court (SC) today announced the verdict in the disqualification period case for the parliamentarians.
SC verdict in the case regarding period of disqualification of members of the parliament under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution made the lawmakers unable to contest elections for the rest of their life.
Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal read out the verdict, which seals the political fate of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen and other lawmakers disqualified under the said article.
The court has ruled that the disqualification will hold until the court declaration disqualifying the lawmaker stands.
Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal read out the verdict, while, the decision was made unanimously by five-member bench under Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar.
Nawaz Sharif can neither contest elections in future nor head his party.
However, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rejected Supreme Court’s decision.
A five-judge larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, on February 14 reserved the judgment on review petitions of the former legislators seeking interpretation regarding timeframe of disqualification under the said article of the Constitution.
The other members of the bench who heard the case were Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah.