Pakistan's top court ousts Sharif as party head

Judiciary, military have become my enemies: Sharif

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday reserved judgement in the Election Act 2017 which paved the way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to become party head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) prior to disqualification. He said that since a party head is powerful and political parties control the government, it is mandatory for a party head to fulfil the requirements of Article 62 and 63.

Elections Act 2017 was pushed through the Upper and Lower houses of the Pakistan's parliament.

Faisal Chaudhry, a lawyer for one of the 17 petitioners who sought Sharif's removal as party head, said the court decision includes Sharif-nominated candidates for the Senate election.

The series of three tweets, seen as her first reaction to the court verdict, Maryam Nawaz said that the decision which declared her father ineligible to head a political party is actually his victory as the top institutions of justice "have given proofs of his innocence and truthfulness".

The court, which started hearing the case last month, said all the decisions made by Sharif as the president of the ruling PML-N would also stand null and void.

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Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ousted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as head of his party, a court record said.

The verdict adds that all steps taken, orders passed, directions given and documents issued by Nawaz Sharif as party head after his disqualification in July past year are also declared to have never been taken, passed, given or issued in the eyes of the law.

The act paved the way for Sharif to become the PML-N chief after he stepped down as party president following his disqualification by the apex court in July past year.

Elections for the Senate, the Pakistani parliament's upper house, are due next month but would be postponed as a outcome of the Supreme Court ruling, he added.

The former Prime Minister asserted his family would remain steadfast in the pursuit of its mission despite the use of underhand tactics by opponents, Geo News reported. She said since the Panama Papers verdict, "all decisions have been taking to target a single personality" - Nawaz Sharif. He was removed from power both times, in 1999 by a military coup and 1993 by presidential order.

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