Chief Justice of Pakistan, Qazi Faez Isa, commented that the Supreme Court’s decision on lifetime disqualification and the changes made to the Elections Act, 2017 could not exist together. In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) should be permanent. This provision led to the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan. However, in June, the government passed an amendment limiting the disqualification to five years. The Chief Justice raised concerns about confusion in the upcoming elections due to discrepancies between the Supreme Court’s interpretation and the law. The case was sent to a three-judge panel to hear the matter. The Attorney General, advocate generals, and the Election Commission of Pakistan were also notified. The hearing discussed the disqualification of ex-MPA Meer Badshah Khan Qaisrani, and his lawyer argued that the case would impact the upcoming elections. The Chief Justice questioned the basis for lifetime disqualification and the lawyer explained the impact of recent amendments to the Elections Act. The Chief Justice and another judge noted that the amendments had made the Supreme Court’s lifetime disqualification ruling ineffective. The hearing will continue.
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