Nawaz Sharif ban is for life,rules Pakistan Supreme Court

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The decision was taken following the lifetime disqualification of former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court on Friday, hastening the PaK PM to expand the cabinet to avert a possible no-confidence motion against him by a group of disgruntled legislators within his own party.

Legal experts say if Sharif's party secures a landslide victory in the next elections, expected this summer, he could re-enter national politics if the party amends the constitution to remove disqualification clauses.

A lawmaker from Sharif's party filed a complaint late a year ago alleging opposition Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party leader Imran Khan and secretary general Jahangir Tareen owned offshore companies and had not disclosed their assets.

The court had disqualified Sharif as Prime Minister over corruption charges in July past year but it had not mentioned the disqualification period in the verdict.

The decision, read out by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, stated that the disqualification of any member of parliament or a public servant under Article 62 (1)(f) in the future will be "permanent", reported Dawn News.

However, the only real way to bring Nawaz Sharif back to office is if "they come into power through the election and amend the constitution", said former Justice Shaiq Usmani.

Friday's ruling seeks to address an ambiguity over Sharif's disqualification and whether he was barred from office for life or a specific period.

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Sharif (67), resigned in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income, but the veteran leader maintains his grip on the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

PaK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has made a decision to induct eight more ministers in the cabinet, taking the total strength of the members of his council of ministers to 20, said sources.

Pakistan is due to hold a general election in July.

For Sharif's supporters, they see the Supreme Court as acting in tandem with the army to ensure that he can not re-emerge in Pakistan's politics.

Marriyum Aurangzeb, the minister of information, denounced the verdict. Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of Parliament.

Reacting to the apex court's ruling, he said that the top court's larger bench has jointly explained the constitution's important article.

"Despite the judicial verdict, PML-N will continue to be the largest political party of the country under the guidance of Nawaz Sharif", he said.

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