Pakistan HC accepted a petition aimed at preventing ousted Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake on January 4, 2016. Sharif arrived for a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP / Ishara S.KODIKARA
Vastavam web: A Pakistani high court has accepted a petition aimed at preventing ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif from again heading his Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) party.Sharif, 67, was re-elected as the party chief earlier this month after he stepped down as the president of his party following a decision of disqualification by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers case.The petition cited secretary Law & Justice, Establishment Division, Cabinet Division, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) through its chairman and secretary and Sharif as respondents.
The petitioner pointed out to the court that Sharif was disqualified as a member of the National Assembly through a verdict of the Supreme Court.The petitioner maintained that according to Article 5 of the Political Parties Ordinance (PPO) 2002, a disqualified person could not preside over any meeting of any political party.Furthermore, this ERA to the context of allowing a disqualified person to head the party is also in contraventions of Quran and Sunnah.The petitioner was of the view that a law should be made keeping in view the legitimate needs of the people and not for a single person.