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Pakistan top court bans ex-PM Sharif as party chief

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Court has barred former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as head of his party. The court ruled that his earlier dismissal from office made him ineligible to lead the PML-N.

Mr Sharif, who was sacked by the Supreme Court last year amid corruption allegations that he denies, had managed to retain power by driving through a law that allowed disqualified politicians to lead political parties.

The court’s decision on Wednesday comes months after Sharif was ‘deemed unfit to hold public office’ over corruption allegations and forced to step down, Pakistan’s Dawn news outlet reported.

A subsequent law, known as the Elections Act 2017, was passed by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party last year, which allowed Sharif to retake his post as party leader despite the charges against him.

In the decision, the court ruled someone disqualified under tenets of the Pakistani constitution cannot head a political party, Dawn reported.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to remove Sharif as party head from all relevant records, AFP news agency reported.

“As a result, all steps taken, all orders passed by Nawaz Sharif are also declared to be as if they had never been taken,” Nisar said, as reported by Reuters news agency.

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Two died and eight injured in accident

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KATHMANDU—Today morning, Two died and eight injured when the microbus (Ba 3 Kha 4042) and minibus (Lu 1 Kha 4194)   collided each other in Myagade Rural Municipality-4 of Tanahu district.

Police has identified the deceased as Chija Kumari Batas of 50 and Saraswati Kunawar of 35.

The injured passengers of Microbus are identified as microbus driver Tul Bahadur BK, Sabila Khan Namuk Miya, Chandra Bhandari, Bindu Maya Thapa, Kamala Sura and Satyakala Neupane.

The cause of the accident is not identified yet.

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