New precedent: Supreme Court nullifies lifetime disqualification

Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has nullified the lifetime disqualification of lawmakers, paving the way for Pakistan Muslim League (N) PML-N supremo Minister Nawaz Sharif and Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party Chairman Jahangir Tareen to contest in the upcoming general elections in 2024.

The verdict was announced regarding the interpretation of Article 62(1)(f) concerning the lifetime disqualification of lawmakers was announced today, Monday.

The seven-member larger bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Isa and including Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, and Justice Musarrat Hilali, conducted the hearing.

In his statements during the hearings, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Isa highlighted that the imposition of a lifetime disqualification under Article 62(1)(F) seemed to be based on individual perception rather than being explicitly outlined in the Constitution.

CJP Isa expressed his commitment to resolving the case to prevent any ambiguity regarding whether lawmakers should face a lifetime or a five-year disqualification. He underscored the importance of ensuring a clear and unambiguous interpretation of the law.

The proceedings were made accessible to the public through a live broadcast on the Supreme Court’s YouTube channel, ensuring transparency in the legal process.

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