The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as well as pro-government political analysts have termed the Supreme Court's verdict which barred Nawaz Sharif to head a party as a contrivance which will further strengthen the former prime minister.
The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar held that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution can not head a political party.
The court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 can not serve as the head of a political party, reported Geo TV.
Earlier today, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar concluded on Thursday the hearing of several petitions against the recently-passed Elections Act 2017.
Despite the fact that the Supreme Court's short order consists of only nine paragraphs, it has already put the upcoming Senate elections in jeopardy.
"Sharif can not be pulled out of the people's heart through court decisions", he also said. It citied articles 62 and 63 of the Pakistani Constitution, which state that a disqualified individual can not lead a party, Pakistan Today reported.
Prior to his term as prime minster that started in 2013 and ended with him being ousted past year, Sharif served as prime minister in the 1990s but entered a feud with the country's president.
Following the Supreme Court's today verdict, all decisions taken by Nawaz Sharif as the PML-N President stand null and void including the tickets issued by him for the Senate Elections scheduled on March 3, making it most likely that the polls will be delayed.
He said the PML-N candidates may contest Senate election as independent candidates as the schedule is already out.
Former PM's daughter Maryam Nawaz also used the platform to express solidarity with her father following the verdict by simply posting Sharif's picture using with the caption "Main Bhee Nawaz Hoon", using an old hashtag (#NewProfilePic) which she had previously used to express solidarity with PMLN leaders.
However, despite the highly publicized trial, the ruling party managed to pass new acts that would amend Pakistan's Constitution and allow the former prime minister to retain his position as the chair of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party.
Sharif said his family was being victimised in the name of justice. The standoff was ended by the military, which removed both of them from office in 1999.