Pakistan court says Sharif can't head party


Addressing the party workers in Lahore, he said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is itself responsible for the condition it is in, adding the PPP along with other Opposition parties resisted the law that allows a disqualified person to head a political party in the country.

The decision was taken in a meeting of ECP to look into the implications of the verdict announced by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

However, "the party has issued its stance that Nawaz Sharif is our leader", he said, adding that the masses themselves would respond to the verdict in the election or even before.

Sharif was barred from office last July by the top court following a corruption probe into his family's finances, but was then re-elected by his party as PML-N president last October.

The decision was made through analysis of Articles 62, 63, and 63-A of the Constitution of Pakistan [text].

The Court has also declared null and void all decisions taken by Mr. Sharif as party chief after his disqualification as Prime Minister.

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Askari said Senate elections, scheduled for next month, may be postponed as a result of the court's ruling.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to remove Sharif as party head from all relevant records, AFP news agency reported.

"Through his wife, Mr. Sharif would still be able to control the party", Rizvi said.

"In the past, Nawaz Sharif had attempted to get the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders disqualified".

Pakistan's Supreme Court has barred former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from leading his political party, the latest setback for the embattled politician since his ouster from office a year ago.