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Nawaz Sharif’s review plea dismissed

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Nawaz Sharif, a Pakistani business magnate and politician, who has served the country as its Prime Minister thrice and three of those times have not been smooth. He was Prime Minister of Pakistan in the 90s, 1990-1993 and 1997-1999, both these terms were cut short due to problems created, fraudulent activity and several political games being played. The third time Sharif was elected as Prime Minister was in 2013 and this term came to an end in 2017. Sharif is the longest serving Prime Minister the country has ever had.

The Panama Papers had Sharif and his three children thrown into controversy as Sharif was deposed and Hussain, Hassan and Maryam, along with his son-in-law, Mohammad Safdar and Dar were to have corruption cases filed against them. They filed for a review petition to Pakistan’s Supreme Court, which was dismissed on Friday, 15th September, 2017. This petition was in regards to the disqualification on the basis of the Panama Papers scandal. Sharif and his three children had all filed different petitions challenging the apex court’s decision made on 28th of July, wherein they disqualified Sharif from continuing as Prime Minister.

A five-member panel was set to review this case, coincidently it was the same panel that had disqualified Sharif in the first place. This panel was head by justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa. Justice Khosa said “All these review petitions are dismissed” after hearing each of the review petitions filed. With this dismissal, all legal options have closed for Sharif to have any chance at challenging his disqualification. This also ruins any possible political comeback in the future for Sharif, although if his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) wins next year’s elections with two-third majority in Parliament, they can change the life-time disqualification to a limited period of time.

17th September, is when the by-election to fill Sharif’s seat in Lahore is being contested by his wife, Kulsoom, who is being treated for throat cancer in London. The Sharif family has to face the corruption charges filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the accountability court.

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