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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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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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