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Nawaz Sharif criticises Pakistan Supreme Court verdict disqualifying him as ruling party head

File photo of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.   | Photo Credit: AP

Embattled Pakistani politician and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday criticised the Supreme Court verdict disqualifying him as ruling party head and claimed an attempt has been made to oust him from politics.

Three time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from the Parliament in July last year following Supreme Court probe into panama papers. On Wednesday, the court also ruled that he was also disqualified to head his party Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML(N)).

Mr. Sharif appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday and said that the ruling is not unexpected for him. “They are trying to oust me from politics. First they took the powers of executive and now they have taken the powers of the parliament,” he said referring to the apex court judges. Later he met his party leaders and activists at Punjab House.

The Court has also declared null and void all decisions taken by Mr. Sharif as party chief after his disqualification as Prime Minister.

PML(N) which holds majority in the Parliament bulldozed a legislation last year following Mr. Sharif's disqualification as the Prime Minister. But opposition parties challenged the legislation claiming that it was passed to save an individual.

Meanwhile deliberations are on to elect new chief of PML(N).

Mr. Sharif and his children are facing corruption cases that are currently being heard in Islamabad. He is accused of concealing assets in UK from tax authorities. He has failed to submit a money trail for the purchase of four flats in London's Avenfield area.

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