Opinion: Pakistan needs ex-PM Sharif’s political role now more than ever

Nawaz Sharif’s life-time disqualification from politics comes as no surprise for Pakistan observers. The three-time former prime minister was ousted on corruption allegations in July of last year. Earlier this year, Sharif was barred from his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party’s presidency, after which he handed over the party’s rein to his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif. Finally, in a historic decision on Friday, the Supreme Court banned him from ever holding a public office.

Sharif was named in the Panama Papers scandal, which severely tainted his image. He denies the corruption charges, but the opposition parties and the country’s judiciary think otherwise. Despite being removed as premier, Sharif remains a popular politician.

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