UPDATED: Sharif Brothers Disqualified by Court, Governor Rule Imposed

Posted on February 25, 2009
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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. Nayab says:

    Ghalib; other then 3 justices everyone is back on their jobs. Are you suggesting that ONLY these 3 judges are noble and honest in Pakistan?, Infect two of them took oath under first PCO. What credibility is there?

    And to add, I am glad Shariefs are banned, I hope they leave us in Peace as we do not want these illterate, mean and corrupt politicians anymore!

    Soon people will get tired of Zardari and we shall close the chapter of dirty politics forever.

  2. zia hussain says:

    Still hope for Pakistan. Now that Nawaz is out of the way. After darna Zardari will be gone and a new pakistan will rise with out corrupt partys such as PPP and PML-N.
    New government with honest partys: PTI, Jamat-e-Islami, Pakistan awami Tehreek and other non corrupt partys. That is only possible if people stop supporting PPP and PML-N.

  3. Usman says:

    @ Ghalib below:

    My dear you are totally right. Our hearts have become hardened and we prefer either indifference to social problems or keep looking towards tried, tested and failed politicians for leading us out of our problems.

    Just look at PML-N and their supporters (most other parties are no different) – causing destruction of public property just because their top two leaders were disqualified. This speaks volumes about the lack of democratic and institutional mechanism in PML-N (other parties r same as this). If they really were democratic and had an institutional mechanism within their parties – they would have put forth new faces for the leadership of their party. But just because two of their guys have been disqualified – they have decided to wreak havoc on public property and disrupt daily routine of general public – as if without Shahbaz and Nawaz PML-N is nothign more than a paperweight.

  4. Ghalib says:

    This is what happens to dead nations~ The judges are as crooks as the people they are giving decisions against! The same judge who legitimized PCO and Mush when was thrown out due to personal discourse became the champion of constituition. If he has some morality he should just say restore the judges who did not take oath on PCO and I an example that in future none should do it and i walk away! but no!

    Nawaz Sharif disqualified on a case motivated by Musharaf! while the guy who broke the constituition twice has full security and still looms in army house, building a lavish home in Chak Shehzad, travelling abroad giving lectures and making money is free! no case nothing!no accountability! but the guys who won the public votes are barred! and a guy whose cases were revoked by Mush in NRO is the president! Tell who is the daddy and who rules us!

    This all speaks what we have become,we as a nation are a bunch of selfish goons who just think for their own pockets. We just fly a pakistani flag on 23 March and 14 August! No shame,cars being burnt, strikes and poor people suffering! while Nawaz, Shehbaz zardari Taseers are enjoying great meals in their homes!

    our military is corrupt,mullahs worst and politicians who are backstabbing, blood sucking scum bags! a bitter reality!

    While these poor people on the streets, General Kayani was being honored a hall of fame in texas military academy!

    Kadam bharaow ——— hum tumharay sath hain! fill the blank who ever u like!!!

  5. Khan says:

    Can someone explain what the argument was as Mr. Faraz mentioned?

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