Nawaz Sharif cannot be disqualified despite conviction in plane case, counsel argues
Nawaz Sharif cannot be disqualified despite conviction in plane case, counsel argues Nawaz Sharif cannot be disqualified despite conviction in plane case, counsel argues Nawaz Sharif cannot be disqualified despite conviction in plane case, counsel argues

PUBLISHED 7/14/2017

ISLAMABAD: The counsel for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said in the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday that Nawaz could not be disqualified on the basis of his year 2000 conviction in the plane hijacking conspiracy.



Akram Sheikh argued that Nawaz had never been convicted on contempt of court charges and was also pardoned by the president, who had quashed all accusations against Nawaz.



Sheikh said under election rules, a convict could be disqualified for five years by the chief election commissioner, but only on the grounds of moral turpitude. “If it were assumed that Nawaz was convicted, he could not be disqualified even then, as the term of his disqualification - five years - would have had passed when Nawaz filed his nomination papers in 2008,” Sheikh contended. He said a candidate could not be disqualified until a court convicted him in a contempt of court case. masood rehman