Pakistan

Components of “Article 63” of the Constitution of Pakistan

Pakistan’s Ex prime minister and party president of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Group PML(N) Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Shareef was disqualified as a PM of Pakistan on July 28th 2017, under the “Article 63” of the Constitution of Pakistan. It is also called article for disqualification for membership of the Parliament. For the understanding of the common person Article 63 states as:

  1. A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if:-

a. he is of unsound mind and has been so declared by a competent court; or

b. he is an undischarged insolvent; or

c. he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan, or acquires the citizenship of a foreign State; or

d. he holds an office of profit in the service of Pakistan other than an office declared by law not to disqualify its holder; or

e. he is in the service of any statutory body or anybody which is owned or controlled by the Government or in which the Government has a controlling share or interest; or

f. being a citizen of Pakistan by virtue of section 14B of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 (II of 1951), he is for the time being disqualified under any law in force in Azad Jammu and Kashmir from being elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir; or

g. he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner, prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality, or the maintenance of public order, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release; or

h. he has been, on conviction for any offence involving moral turpitude, sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release; or

i. he has been dismissed from the service of Pakistan or service of a corporation or office set up or, controlled, by the Federal Government, Provincial Government or a Local Government on the grounds of misconduct, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his dismissal; or

j. he has been removed or compulsorily retired from the service of Pakistan or service of a corporation or office set up or controlled by the Federal Government, Provincial Government or a Local Government on the ground of misconduct, unless a period of three years has elapsed since his removal or compulsory retirement; or

k. he has been in the service of Pakistan or of any statutory body or any body which is owned or controlled by the Government or in which the Government has a controlling share or interest, unless a period of two years has elapsed since he ceased to be in such service; or

l. he, whether by himself or by any person or body of persons in trust for him or for his benefit or on his account or as a member of a Hindu undivided family, has any share or interest in a contract, not being a contract between a cooperative society and Government, for the supply of goods to, or for the execution of any contract or for the performance of any service undertaken by, Government.

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