UPDATED: Sharif Brothers Disqualified by Court, Governor Rule Imposed

Posted on February 25, 2009
Filed Under >Darwaish, Law & Justice, People, Politics
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In a short verdict today, Supreme Court of Pakistan has disqualified PML(N) leader Nawaz Sharif and the Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif from contesting any election for life. The detailed verdict will be announced later.

The decision technically knocks out two top leaders of one the largest political party of Pakistan, PML(N). It also means that Shehbaz Sharif is no longer the Chief Minister of Punjab and his cabinat has also been dismissed.

The situation in the province and the country is now very tense and the President, Prime Minister and Federal Ministers are all discussing options. There is also talk that the PPP may now formally contact PML(Q) to form a government in the Punjab.

In latest news, Governor-rule was imposed in the Punjab, with the Governor of the Punjab, Salman Taseer taking over as Chief Executive of the province. The decision has sparked angry protests in various cities of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad, Guranwala some damage has been caused to public property on Mall Road.

We will have to wait and see the level of political turmoil this verdict creates. Without going into merits of the decision, I think it will create more political instability and uncertainty which is the last thing we want to see in Pakistan. It is rather unfortunate but the initial reactions and statements suggests that Pakistan might be heading towards the politics of confrontation and horse-trading of 1990s.

According to Geo TV:

The three-member Bench of Supreme Court has disposed off Sharif brothers’ electoral eligibility case by declaring them ineligible for contesting elections in its two-line short order announced here. Shahbaz Sharif under this verdict has lost his seat in the provincial assembly and being no longer member of the Punjab House, he is no more Punjab chief minister, as SC has annulled the earlier notification about his being chief minister.

This case was under hearing of the SC three-member Bench headed by Justice Musa K. Laghari for the last eight months, in which, the Attorney General of Pakistan, Latif Khosa giving his arguments said that Punjab chief secretary and speaker were not the party in the case. Attorney General said that all the judges have taken oaths under the constitution and talking about the oath of the interim constitution was irrelevant.

He said that Nawaz Sharif’s proposer and seconder could become parties in the case if the court permits them and their becoming parties was not necessary. He further said that it was the discretion of the judge to withdraw from the Bench and no one could direct him to pull out.

On conclusion of the arguments, after a short break, the Bench disposing off the Sharif brothers’ eligibility case declared them ineligible.

Following the verdict, Sharif brothers’ lawyer, Akram Sheikh told media that the decision was as expected, as the government was giving dictation to the judges. He said that Sharif brothers were declared ineligible on the orders of President Zardari. He said that the judges would be made accountable on the Day of Judgement. Akram Shiekh said that now it was up to the people to decide if the verdict was on merit. He said that he couldn’t comment on the incomplete two-line judgment. This decision would be presented as bouquet to President Asif Zardari on his return from the China tour.

ML-N workers in sizable number were present on the occasion of the announcement of verdict raising slogans in favour of long march and Sharif brothers. Security arrangement remain tightened in the capital city here.

What this means for Lawyers Movement, the upcoming Long March, relations between Punjab and the Federation and the overall political as well as economic situation of Pakistan and most importantly for the ordinary people of Pakistan? I am afraid we will just have to wait and see. Not a good day for ordinary People of Pakistan in my view.

48 responses to “UPDATED: Sharif Brothers Disqualified by Court, Governor Rule Imposed”

  1. Aamir Ali says:

    How can convicted criminals like Shahbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif be allowed to run for elections ?

    Any judiciary which allows that is beholden to politicians and not independent.

  2. ASAD says:

    I think it is very god news that the Shahbaz Sharif govt has been restored. I hope both he and the supreme court will set good precedents now and not be vengeful

  3. makram says:

    what has been said above is real truth and pakistani people
    have become mental and they think porsonal like and dislike .
    They have no sense of good and evil and have becom habtual
    of go back to the claverer politicians how speak always lie.

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