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Supreme Court declares Sharif brothers ineligible


Pakistan court bars opposition chief from election

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court has barred opposition leader Nawaz Sharif from elected office, a move likely to raise political tensions in the country.

The decision deepens a rift between Sharif, the country’s most popular politician, and the pro-Western government just as it struggles to contain rising Islamist violence.

Sharif’s party holds power in the country’s main province, Punjab, and has the power to destabilize the government. (Associated Press)

SC declares Sharif brothers ineligible

Updated at: 1225 PST, Wednesday, February 25, 2009
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court three-member Bench, after prolonged hearing of Sharif brothers’ electoral eligibility case, finally declared here today the two brothers ineligible for contesting elections.

This case was under hearing of the SC three-member Bench headed by Justice Musa K. Laghari for the last eight months, in which, the Attorney General of Pakistan, Latif Khosa giving his arguments said that Punjab chief secretary and speaker were not the party in th case. Attorney General said that all the judges have taken oaths under the constitution and talking about the oath of the interim constitution was irrelevant.

He said that Nawaz Sharif’s proposer and seconder could become parties in the case if the court permits them and their becoming parties was not necessary. He further said that it was the discretion of the judge to withdraw from the Bench and no one could direct him to pull out.

On conclusion of the arguments, after a short break, the Bench disposing off the Sharif brothers’ eligibility case declared them ineligible.

ISLAMABAD: Former President of Supreme Court Bar Association and leader of lawyers movement Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan said ineligibility of Sharif brothers is seems to be a biased decision of PCO judges.

Talking to media here, Aitzaz expressed regrets over the verdict and said it would damage the goodwill of courts. He said long march would be held as per schedule.

(The News)

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Some Relevant Comments:

Socrates said:

Oh no, now what will happen to Pakistan !!! Some days back NS lawyer A K Dogar described SC’s bench as Noraani and honest!! Now i’m sure A K Dogar would be declaring them as Shaeetani and dishonest !!
Meetha Meetha hap hap
Karwa Karwa thuu thuu !! Long Live Hyopcrisy !! and
Long Live Pakistan !

awaukha said:
Gentlemen, what has happened is wrong and shouldn’t have happened. It is unfortunately the legal system of our country wherein getting absolved once conviction takes place makes it all the more difficult. Just get an FIR against a person and see that case remains there for the rest of a person’s life.

The Hijacking case must have been (surely) politically motivated by the Army in 1999. Unfortunately, MNS was sentenced and the appeals didnt go through. Afterwards, they got exiled in exchange of commuting their sentence (I may be wrong with the legal jargons, but they made a deal and went away for 10 years, returning after 7 only). If you all recall, MBB was convicted in absentia in the SGS Cotecna and some other case and because of that she was disqualified from contesting the 2002 general elections. She again went to the courts and got the conviction overturned.

MNS and SS should go to the courts, get the hijacking case reviewed and get a clean chit. His disqualification is wrong at all costs, but in the end he will be the eventual gainer.
And please, Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry cannot change the Pakistani legal system. It has to be changed in time and there is a lot of room for improvement.

Malek said:
@awaukha
you are missing an important point…..there are no courts in pakistran at the moment

awaukha said:
@MalekSir, qabza saccha, daawa jhoota! Even late BB used to call the courts Kangaroo Courts, yet she used the existing system to get her cases reviewed.

Ghost Of TK said:

I can already see the ill-advised and ill-constructed accusations of my support for Nawaz Sharif, But after the dumb ass antidemocratic step of “governers rule” … what else could be expected? Sharif brothers can`t go to courts they claim they don’t recognize. Even if someone else goes to court (Q .. which they won’t) and gets a stay order against gov. raj. … would that be acceptable? Heck, if the court had rule “in favor” .. should SS have stayed … or should he have resigned in protest against the court decision.????

to me it looks like both parties have gone precipitously to a confrontation and neither parties has learned a damn thing.

IMO, this is because national level political issues are being dealt with as if they were family feuds. Simply because both large parties are essently managed and led by two families.

So I guess Hamid Gul knew something a year ago that we didn’t. He kept calling 2009 ‘the year of the revolution’ and we all know the kind of revolutions this particular jurnail wants.

Source: pk politics