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No such thing as lifetime disqualification in law, says analyst Mujib Shami

Believes amendments in Election Act paved way for PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s return
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PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif should come back to Pakistan after the Senate passed amendments to the Election Act, changing the limitations of how long a parliamentarian can be disqualified, said senior analyst Mujibur Rehman Shami on Saturday.

“The lifetime disqualification is not in the law or the Constitution of the country,” he said on Aaj News show Rubaroo. “The apex court unjustly interpreted Sharif’s disqualification as lifetime disqualification.”

In the rules passed by the upper house on Friday, in cases where the duration of has not been specifically outlined, a person’s disqualification to run for provincial or central legislatures will not exceed five years.

According to the amendments, a person’s eligibility to become a member of Parliament will be decided as per the criteria set under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, which relates to the qualification and disqualification of a lawmaker, in case the Constitution does not have a special provision for disqualification.

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“The amendments will greatly benefit Sharif and Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party’s Jahangir Tareen,” he said, but warned that the PML-N’s rivals might challenge such tweaks in the courts that was likely to complicate the whole practice.

Shami was of the view that the alliance between PPP and PML-N was dependent upon the future of the PTI.

“The two parties will stay close to each other if the PTI remains powerful and popular among the masses. But if PTI weakens, they may distance from each other,” he said.

Their alliance is against the PTI chief’s politics, he said, adding that the PPP and the PML-N did not come together for elections nor are they looking for an electoral alliance.

Despite the coalition government ministers’ statement that PTI’s role in the country’s politics has come to an end, Shami believed that such statements would not end the PTI’s role in politics.

Read: Senate passes law ending lifetime disqualification

“The PTI chief has a long history of struggle. Unfortunately, he could not become a proper statesman. He remained in an agitational mode even after getting elected as the prime minister,” he said.

The PTI chief acted as an opposition leader despite being in the government, the analyst said, and added that the former prime minister opted for street politics instead of parliamentary politics when his government ended.

Shami was of the view that the PTI’s come back to the federal government was not more than a “day-dream”, saying: “The connection between the people and the PTI chief has broken after dozens of party leaders left the party.”

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