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Pakistan bars ex-premier Nawaz Sharif from holding office for life

The Supreme Court ruling ended his hopes for a political future after his dismissal last July on corruption charges.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has barred former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from running in elections for life.

The court was ruling on a petition asking the tribunal whether the disqualified premier could ever run again.

Under the country’s constitution, the court said no person once disqualified from office by the top court — as Sharif was — can hold public office again.

Friday’s ruling effectively ended Mr Sharif’s hopes for a political future after his dismissal last July on corruption charges, stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers.

Since then, confusion has persisted about whether he can run for office again.

A member of Mr Sharif’s ruling party, Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, angrily dismissed the ruling as a “joke”.

The court also banned disqualified opposition politician Jahangir Tareen from running for office again.

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