PESHAWAR: Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf [PTI], Jama-e-Islami [JI] and Pakistan People Party [PPP] celebrated the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif outside Peshawar Press Club on Friday following Supreme Court’s Panama verdict.
Holding placards and chanting slogans like “Go Nawaz Go”, “Maryam ke Baba chor hain”, PTI workers danced to the beat of drums while praising PTI Chairman Imran Khan for starting the accountability process against the country’s leadership.
PPP’s workers also distributed sweets while crediting their party for the efforts that helped disqualify the premiere. “We aren’t against the democratic setup but against the corrupt people within the setup who spoiled the system,” PPP’s District General Secretary Misbahuddin told The Express Tribune.
He said SC verdict proved that judiciary in Pakistan is free of any pressures who disqualified the prime minister.
The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister from holding office in a landmark decision after a corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power.
The top court five-judge larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has unanimously disqualified Nawaz for not disclosing his employment in UAE based offshore company Capital FZE.
“He [Nawaz] is no more eligible to be an honest member of the parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” said Judge Ejaz Afzal Khan in court.
Election Commission of Pakistan was ordered to immediately de-notify Nawaz and the president of Pakistan has been asked to take necessary measures after Nawaz’s disqualification. The SC also ordered filing of reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.