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Nawaz`s Disqualifi-

24 June, 2008

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On Monday 23 June, 2008, a three-member bench of the Lahore High Court disqualified PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif from contesting the by-election while provisionally allowing his younger brother Mian Shahbaz Sharif to continue working as the Punjab chief minister.

Announcing a unanimous short order, the bench, comprising Justice Abdul Shakoor Parracha, Justice Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi and Justice M Bilal Khan, referred the petition against Shahbaz to the Election Commission of Pakistan to constitute an election tribunal to decide his eligibility. However, the bench turned down the request of the petitioner to bar Shahbaz Sharif from holding his office.

Earlier on May 5, an election tribunal, comprising two judges of the LHC, had given a split decision on the objections against the Sharif brothers. Noor Elahi, an independent candidate from the NA-123, Lahore, moved the petition against Nawaz Sharif. A freelance journalist, Shahid Orakzai, and a voter, Syed Khurram Shah, filed a petition challenging the unopposed victory of Shahbaz Sharif from the PP-48, Bhakkar, and his candidature for the PP-10, Rawalpindi.

The objections raised against the candidature of Nawaz Sharif included that an Anti-Terrorism Court of Karachi, under section 402-B of the PPC read with section 7 of the ATA, had awarded him life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 500,000.

His conviction and sentence was upheld by an appellate court in a special criminal appeal. Besides, he was convicted by an accountability court, Attock Fort, in reference No 2 of 2002, decided on July 2007, under section 10 read with Section 9-A (V) of the NAB Ordinance and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 14 years and a fine of Rs 20 million.

The accountability court had also declared Nawaz Sharif disqualified for 21 years from seeking or being elected, chosen, appointed as member or representative of any public office or any authority.

According to the petitioners, convictions of the former prime minister were still intact because they had not been set aside by any court of law till date and it was a settled law that only sentence awarding punishment was pardoned, reprieved, remitted, suspended or commuted, but the conviction remained intact.

  • Do you agree with such decision against Nawaz Sharif?
  • what do you think about Nawaz Future in Pakistan`s Politics?
  • After Nawaz`s disqualification, will the Coalition with PPP remain stronger or not?
  • Reader Comments:

    paid in the same coin

    very short memory of people... nawaz should be tried by ordering the civilian plan carrying his chief of staff( musharraf)to land in india but not anywhere in pakistan ... then letting his hoodlums to break law and enter supreme court buliding .. then lying to the country that he did not signed any deal to stay out of pakistan for any period of time ..Just greed , power hungry politician of the meanest type.. wolf in sheep cloathing .. a pot calling kettle black....!!!its abig list of misdeeds from him ..endless..he is at personnal vendatta against musharraf who ousted him , nothing more .. and making few people hero out of zero..

    saeed hashmi, San Marino - 06 July, 2008

    Who Cheated?

    Judges struggle was for Pakistan and law but Nawaz Sharif who is already involved in crimes against Courts along with his Gujrati Partners and one lawer from PPP tried to cash this appartunity so they even not failed this great movement but also failed the democracy.

    Anwer Kamal Pasha, Pakistan - 07 July, 2008

    Black & White Tiger

    Mr. Sharif is faced with a difficult choice in life of being an honest man, due perhaps to recent influence acquired during his Saudi diaspora, or be a real politician. The dilemma he would like to avoid is that moral corruption is an imperative for a successful political life all over the world. If he straddles too long on a fence between the just and unjust his personality is likely to split and become the likes of controversial Chief Justice, neither a judge nor a politician

    Fischer Brown, Canada - 07 July, 2008

    With all leaders corrupt and selfish, in power or opposition why single out Nawaz. He deserves the same fate as all others. If punished then all should be. If others not punished then he should also should be dealt with equally and allowed to continue.
    The country is at the verge of vanishing and killing itself. Time to think reality and not fiction. All must work as one to protect it and forget the past, Army, Nazaw, Asif, Musharaf, Choudries etc. Even MQM, ANP, BNP and other regional forces have to think beyond.. no More time left.. Now or never.

    Sajjad .. Thailand

    Sajjad, Pakistan - 11 July, 2008

    Good Decision

    I completely and whole heartedly agree with the courts decision. The Sarif brothers should be jailed for thier crimes.

    Bring back Musharaf to put the country back on track. No nonsense government is what Pakistan needs-not the feuding politicians currently in power.

    Mahmood Ahmed, Pakistan - 11 July, 2008

    fair is unfar and unfair is fair

    Unfair,if Mr.ten percent has become fair after a deal with through NRO and those did not make such deal are likely to get disqualified. People of Pakistan have short memory. Mr. ten percent and his party won the election on the slogan of restoration of deposed judges in cluding Mr.Choudhry and after winning election Mr.ten percent is giong back from the promise he made with innocent people of Pakistan. If Benazir bhutto would have been alive,she will never allow her husband to deceive the vooters.

    jawed ashraf, United Kingdom - 13 July, 2008

    As you SOW, so shall you REAP

    I think we all have seen what these Sharif brothers have done in Past, so there is no way we can Trust them, every one thinks of their POCKET, no body thinks about the prosperity & development of the country.

    Frankly speaking They all should be hanged till death or should be brought to justice for every single penny.

    Hassan Khan, United Arab Emirates - 15 July, 2008


    Sharif brothers are the only hope for Pakistan neither Musharaf nor America. Those of you who differ from my opinion, you may, but respect the fact that, those who told us that Sharif family are corrupt and crook are the part of the same media who portrait them that they are most humble, honest, charitable, generous and trustworthy heroes of the country. Pakistani should stop looking at persons and personality when they decide for the country. They should look for the policies and promises and the difference in-between. Remember the law should punish the criminals if that is not happening then send those in the constitutional assemblies who make such laws. As a good Muslim no one should call bad names for some thing which is not proven even if found guilty do the same. Be a responsible citizen and use respectable language as if the same language was used for you it would not make you feel bad. Where is that law that respects and protects all the people of the state at the same time? Why are we so aggressive to disrespect others when we are equally guilty by electing them over and over again? When will we stop blaming Musharafs, Sharif Brothers, Bhotos, Chauradies, Altafs and so many more of this kind of so called leaders who feel nothing wrong by going abroad to conduct meeting to decided the fate of the people of Pakistan after we give them our decision in a extremely bloody election?
    America is nothing without our weaknesses so is the rest of the world. If we want the change, we need to change ourselves and that change process starts from me first not you firstů

    yaar, United Kingdom - 16 July, 2008

    no one deserves it bettere than him. thbis is what comes of storming the Supreme Court in his reign!

    adnan mirza, Pakistan - 19 July, 2008

    Lock Him Up

    If he is convicted of all the charges stated in the article, why he is walking free, never mind the election.

    The other fellow, Zardari, should share the same prision.

    Raymond W.Durrani, Canada - 20 July, 2008

    Nawaz & Zardari

    Nawaz & Zardari both say that they can give their life for Pakistan. We pakistanis don't want their life, Just give half ur wealth for Pakistan I hope that wont take away ur life if u are so sincere. If not please just leave before the frustrated people of Pakistan burn u alive like they did to ur brother Dacoits in Ranchorline

    Habibullah Khimany, Canada - 23 July, 2008

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