Disqualification under article 62 (1) (f) to remain in place for lifetime, rules SC [Full verdict]

08:18 AM | 13 Apr, 2018
Disqualification under article 62 (1) (f) to remain in place for lifetime, rules SC [Full verdict]
ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court has unanimously announced that the disqualification under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution was for a lifetime, sealing the political career of former Premier Nawaz Sharif and PTI’s former Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for life.

The much-awaited verdict was written and announced by Justice Umer Atta Bandial in courtroom no. 1 while Justice Azmat Saeed also wrote an additional note in the judgment.

The five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah voted 5-0 in favour of lifetime disqualification, though the proposal before the apex court was to reduce the embargo for 8 years.


"I have had the privilege to go through the judgment of my learned brother Umer Ata Bandial, J., though I concur with the conclusions drawn in the said judgment, I do not find myself in agreement with the reasoning employed in its entirety," stated Justice Azmat Saeed in his additional note.

The top court had reserved the verdict after successive hearings on February 14th after clubbing as many as 17 petitions.

With Friday’s verdict, both Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen have been declared to be ineligible for becoming lawmakers in future.

Jahangir Tareen Responds

Expressing his views over the ‘damaging’ verdict, Jahangir Tareen expressed that he supported disqualification under article 62 (1)(f) of the constitution.

"I have no objection to the disqualification but my case was not of tax evasion or money laundering," contended the legislator.

He added that he used banking channels to transfer money abroad, contrary to Nawaz Sharif ‘who laundered money’.

Tareen alleged that Nawaz Sharif was playing games after being caught in corruption charges as he was criticizing his own government in his own tenure.

The PTI bigwig was also hopeful about the review petition he had filed in the apex court against the Dec 15 verdict which pertains to his disqualification.

Maryam Aurangzeb Reacts

On the other hand, Federal Minister for Information Maryam Aurangzeb expressed that the elected PM was ousted over an incomplete trial.

“This decision is similar to Supreme Court rulings which took former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to the gallows and led to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto,” the information minister declared as she spoke to media in Islamabad.

The legislator claimed that corruption of not a single penny worth was proven against the former premier adding that Panama JIT head Wajid Zia had also said there was no documental evidence to show that Nawaz took money from his son’s company, Capital FZE.

The minister decried that nameless, faceless people decided the fate of premiers as prime minister, then removed him as head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), barred his party from participating in Senate elections and now they ruled against him from holding a public office for life.

It bears mentioning that Article 62(1)(f) of the constitution sets the benchmark for a member of parliament to be "Sadiq and Ameen" (honest and righteous) and it is the same provision under which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as prime minister by a five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on July 28, 2017, in the Panama Papers case.

In the same fashion, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen was disqualified on Dec 15 last year by a separate bench of the apex court under the same provision.

The writer is a staff member. He has been affiliated with Pakistan's leading English newspapers and worked as News Producer at FM 107.4. Death (as...he is a station, and death is a longest journey from seen to unseen world), Rain, and winter's Full Moon 'Jarray ki Chandani' always fascinate him too much.


US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 23 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 23, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.25 for buying and 280.70 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 354.5 and selling rate is 358.35.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65


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