Islamabad: Supreme Court announced the verdict regarding the period of disqualification under Article 62-1F of the Constitution. According to the verdict Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen have been disqualified for life. A larger bench headed by CJP Justice Saqib Nisar announced the ruling on several petitions to specify the period for which a person should be disqualified in the violation of Article-62-1F of the constitution. Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen were disqualified under the same article as well after which there were questions that till when this disqualification will last. The Supreme Court reserved the ruling of the disqualification period for 62-1F on February 14 2018.
Appearing in the Supreme Court in the last hearing on February 14, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali stated that the constitution needs amendments to give duration of disqualification of any member of the Parliament who was found guilty under this article. The court said today during the verdict announcement that the 18th Amendment passed in 2010, does not mention any time period for disqualification; so, the duration for disqualification will remain for as long as the declaration holds.
Nawaz Sharif, then Prime Minister, was disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28, 2017, for not mentioning the receivable income from his son’s company in his election papers. The Supreme Court had also disqualified Jahangir Tareen after he failed to declare an offshore company and a foreign property in his election papers on December 15, last year.