Nawaz Sharif,Jahangir Tareen disqualified for life

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Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asserted on Friday that the recent verdict by the supreme court- which sealed his parliamentary political career for life - was well expected, adding that he was being subjected to victimisation. 67-year-old Sharif tendered his resignation in July after the apex court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income. This order is for life.

The five judges in an unanimous ruling said those who are not "honest" and "truthful" under the country's constitution are "banned from parliament for life". "Such a person can not contest elections or become a member of parliament", the court declared.

Following the verdict, both Sharif and Tareen have become ineligible to ever hold public office.

At the last hearing, the government had argued that the length of disqualification should be left for the Parliament to decide, not the court.

The verdict read out by Justice Umar Ata Bandial said the disqualification of any member of parliament or a public servant under Article 62 (1)(f) in the future will be permanent. Despite the numerous court rulings against the PMLN, the party has won a string of recent by-elections proving it will likely remain a force in the next polls.

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Replying to question, she said all constitutional organizations, including Supreme Court, are respectable.

"You tell me if this is justice or murder of justice", Sharif told reporters in London, where he is staying with his wife while she undergoes treatment for cancer. Likewise, Tareen was disqualified in December for failing to declare an offshore company and a foreign property in his election nomination papers.

Sharif is now facing dozens of cases in accountability court.

Pakistan is due to hold a general election in July. He faces upto 21 years in jail if charges are proven.

Sharif's second term as Prime Minister from 1997 ended in 1999 when then powerful Army chief Pervez Musharraf staged a bloodless coup.

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