SC disqualifies Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister
Supreme Court has disqualified Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister in Panama Papers case. A five-member Larger Bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, pronounced its unanimous verdict in Islamabad today. The Court declared that Mian Nawaz Sharif failed to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from Capital FZE of UAE in his nomination papers filed for 2013 general elections. It observed that having furnished a false declaration under solemn affirmation, Nawaz Sharif is not honest in terms of Section 99-(1) of Representation of Peoples Act and Article 62(1)-(f) of the Constitution. Therefore, he is disqualified to be a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament). It asks the Election Commission of Pakistan to issue a notification disqualifying Mian Nawaz Sharif as a member of National Assembly with immediate effect. The Supreme Court asks the President to take all necessary steps under the Constitution to ensure continuation of the democratic process. The Bench directed National Accountability Bureau to prepare and file within six weeks of the judgement references against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar.
ECP de-notifies Nawaz Sharif as Member National Assembly
Election Commission of Pakistan has de-notified Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as member of the National Assembly from NA-120 Lahore-III with immediate effect.
The Commission issued de-notification following his disqualification by the Supreme Court.
Nawaz Sharif steps down as Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif has stepped down as Prime Minister of the country following the judgment of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case. This has been stated in a statement issued by PML-N spokesperson today. Giving his reaction on the judgment, he said despite reservations regarding different phases of the Panama case proceedings, the decision of the apex court will be implemented.
The spokesperson pointed out that during the course of the proceedings of the case, new precedents were set, which we have not seen in the history of the country. The spokesperson said all the legal and constitutional options will be exercised regarding our reservations on the judgment.
Asma Jahangir (Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan):
There are two parts of this judgment. The judges had already used harsh comments against the Prime Minister. Now, reference has been sent to the NAB. The due process of law has not been followed while giving the judgment. This is legally weak and politically destructive judgment. The case should not have been heard directly under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. The decision will have far reaching consequences. The political forces should sit together and make the parliament supreme.
Barrister Iram Ali (Advocate):
The time is not important in Pakistan’s legal system. This was a high profile political case and judges took their time. The focus of the case was on Prime Minister. The case could have been resolved six months earlier. It is important for the democracy to move on. We have already seen the longest era of democracy. We are moving towards institutional supremacy in the country.
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