Outrage over Pak SC verdict declaring Sharif brothers ineligible to contest polls

February 25th, 2009 - 4:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, Feb.25 (ANI): The Pakistan Supreme Court has declared that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif, who is currently the Chief Minister of Punjab Province as ineligible for contesting elections.
A three member Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Musa K. Laghari, disposed-off the Sharifs electoral eligibility case on Wednesday. This in effect means that Shahbaz Sharif is Punjab Chief Minister.
Furious over the two line verdict, their lawyer, Akram Sheikh, said the decision was not surprising as the judges were only abiding by orders given to them by the Government.
Sharif brothers were declared ineligible on the orders of President Zardari, The News quoted Sheikh, as saying.
He said now the people of Pakistan will decide whether the verdict is on merit or not.
Latest reports from Lahore said that PML-N activists have taken to streets in protest against the apex courts decision.
Almost all political parties have voiced their dismay over the verdict.
Commenting on the verdict, Pakistan Muslim League (N) Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal compared Zardari to former President General Pervez Musharraf, and charged him with following the policies of the previous military regime.
PML (N) would not tolerate a one-man state and Shahbaz Sharif is still the Chief Minister of Punjab constitutionally, Iqbal said.
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain termed it as sad decision, and said that it should not be celebrated by any party.
Former Supreme Court Bar Association President Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan termed the decision as a biased verdict. (ANI)

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