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Nawaz doesn’t need any ‘formal office’ to serve masses: Shehbaz

LAHORE: In an apparent reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling that disqualification of parliamentarians, including former premier Nawaz Sharif, under Article 62(1)(f) is for life, PML-N president said a leader like his elder brother does need “any formal office to continue guiding his party & serving his people.”

A five-member bench of the top court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen for life, in a historic verdict.

Shehbaz, who is also the chief executive of Punjab province, said in a tweet: “Nawaz Sharif is not the name of a person. Rather he represents a philosophy and an ideology of public service, supremacy of constitution and respect of vote.”

“A leader like him does not need any formal office to continue guiding his party & serving his people.”

 Nawaz, stepped in July last year after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income, but the veteran leader holds sway over the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and the federal government as Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is said to be at his beck and call.

Friday’s ruling seeks to address an ambiguity over Sharif’s disqualification and whether he was barred from office for life or a specific period.

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