Nawaz Sharif Can’t Head His Party After Pakistan’s Top Court Ruling

Nawaz Sharif Can’t Head His Party After Pakistan’s Top Court Ruling


Nawaz Sharif and his supporters have repeatedly denied allegations of corruption. (Reuter)

Islamabad:  Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a disqualified politician cannot lead a political party, paving the way for the removal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from chairing his embattled Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz.

It comes months after the ruling PMLN party passed a law allowing Mr Sharif to remain at the helm despite being removed from the premiership over graft allegations last July.

In the court order, Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to remove Mr Sharif as party head from all relevant records.

Mr Sharif and his supporters have repeatedly denied allegations of corruption, suggesting the three-time prime minister is the victim of a conspiracy driven by Pakistan’s powerful military establishment.

Mr Sharif was the 15th prime minister in Pakistan’s 70-year history — roughly half of it under military rule — to be ousted before completing a full term.

The news also comes months ahead of expected general elections, pitting the PMLN against the ascendant Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by former cricketer Imran Khan.

Despite the numerous court rulings targeting PMLN, the party has won a string of recent by-elections proving they will likely remain a political force in the next elections.



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