Supreme Court declares Sharif brothers ineligible for elections

February 25th, 2009 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Nawaz SharifIslamabad, Feb 25 (IANS) Pakistan’s Supreme Court Wednesday barred former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from contesting an elected office and declared the election of his younger brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, null and void. This has led to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Punjab being dissolved.

The Supreme Court ruling came through a brief verbal order issued by a three-judge bench led by Justice Musa Leghari.

The Supreme Court bench was hearing petitions challenging the Lahore High Court’s order disqualifying Sharif, chief of the PML-N, from contesting elections. The apex court upheld the Lahore High Court decision.

With Shahbaz Sharif out of the chief minister’s chair, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer now controls the reins in the province.

The Supreme Court is yet to issue a detailed order.

PML-N spokesperson Siddique-ul-Farooq told reporters: “We do not recognise these courts as genuine and constitutional. These are kangaroo courts and we care little for this verdict.. It has no value.”

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