Pakistan's Supreme Court Tuesday stayed an earlier verdict disqualifying Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief as also former two-term Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif from electoral politics, reports say.
A five-member bench of the apex court suspended an earlier judgment of February 25 by the same court that barred the Sharif brothers from contesting polls and holding elected office that triggered widespread political unrest in the country.
The move paves the way for the restoration of the PML-N government in the wheat-bowl Punjab province that also is the country's political nerve center. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani congratulated Shahbaz Sharif on the restoration of the PML-N government in Punjab.
A large number of PML-N supporters broke into impromptu celebrations outside the Supreme Court soon after the bench gave its order.
Reacting to the order, senior PML-N leader Raja Zafrul Haq told reporters outside the court that Shahbaz Sharif has not only been declared a member of the Punjab assembly but he will also take charge of the post of Chief Minister again.
This is a victory for Pakistan, the democratic system and the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, he said. We are really very happy that the court has made a decision according to the constitution and the law of the land. Democracy will again be on the march.
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