Supreme Court allows former PM Nawaz Sharif to run in elections by ending lifetime disqualification

In a decisive 6-1 majority ruling, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has concluded the lifetime disqualification for lawmakers as outlined in Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. This decision overturns the court’s previous 2018 judgment, establishing that disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) is not permanent but should follow specific procedures.

The court’s verdict considers the Elections (Amendment) Act 2023, which introduces a 5-year disqualification period. Notably, individuals such as former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leader Jahangir Tareen, previously disqualified under this provision, are now eligible to participate in elections.

Underlining the need for a law delineating the disqualification procedure, the court’s decision signifies a significant shift in the interpretation of Article 62(1)(f), introducing a more nuanced approach to political disqualifications in Pakistan.

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