In a historic judgement, the Pakistani Supreme Court today ruled that disqualification of a person under Article 62(1)(f) of the country’s Constitution is for life.
The Supreme Court’s ruling means that former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former secretary general of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Jahangir Tareen are now disqualified from holding public office for life.
The apex court ruled that Nawaz and Tareen can never hold public office again nor contest for elections.
The verdict was delivered unanimously by a five-judge bench of the top court.
Both Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen were disqualified under Article 62(1)(f) of the Pakistani Constitution.
Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by a five-judge SC bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on July 28, 2017, in the Panama Papers case.
Similarly, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen was disqualified on December 15 last year by a separate bench of the apex court under the same provision.