Supreme Court ruling disqualifies Nawaz Sharif as head of his own party


ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Supreme Court Wednesday (February 21) ruled that a disqualified politician cannot lead a political party, ordering the removal of former prime minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as head of the country's ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

The decision comes months after PML-N passed a law allowing Sharif to remain at its helm despite being removed from the premiership and barred from holding any office over graft allegations last July.

In the court order Wednesday, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to remove Sharif as party head from all relevant records.

Nawaz Sharif and his supporters have repeatedly denied allegations of corruption.

The party Thursday (February 22) chose Nawaz Sharif's wife, Kulsoom, to be the next PML-N president, according to Dawn.

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