ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified from holding the party president, Supreme Court has announced the verdict.
The Supreme Court accepted around a dozen petitions challengingNawaz Sharif’s appointment as the Pakistan Muslim League-N president and issued notices to the respondents.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar took up the 13 petitions against Nawaz's party presidency, including those by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid, MNA Jamshaid Dasti, National Party and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
The petitions, challenging specific clauses of the recently passed Elections Act 2017, state that Nawaz's appointment asparty president is in violation of Clause 5 of the Political Parties Order 2002 and Article 17 of the Constitution.
As the hearing went under way, the chief justice remarked that the petitions are political in nature.
He also observed that Parliament is the supreme body of lawmaking in the country, adding that the court will strictly move according to the law.
The chief justice inquired from the counsel of one of the petitioners according to which law can Parliament's legislation be nullified.