Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that people of Pakistan would not accept disqualification of elected Prime Ministers. 

Talking to newsmen outside Supreme Court premises in Islamabad, she said today's verdict of the Supreme Court has come at a time when trial against Sharif family was continuing before the accountability court.

Supreme Court in a historic verdict ruled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified for life, in response to which Aurangzeb said, “The verdict is the same as Nawaz’s trial court case.”

“This decision is similar to Supreme Court rulings which took former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to the gallows and led to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto,” the information minister said.

Marriyum stated that time and again, democratically elected leaders of Pakistan are unceremoniously removed from their post.

She said, “This joke has already been played on previous premiers and all 17 prime ministers of Pakistan have faced a similar fate.”

“Today’s decision is the same as Nawaz’s trial court case,” she added maintaining that a decision has been made on a trial which is still under way.

She said, “Decisions against Nawaz are made first and trials are conducted later.”

"The verdict has started a phase of Nawaz's politics which our enemies should be afraid of," the information minister added.

Claiming that not a “single rupee’s corruption has been proven against the former premier”, the information minister said, “The case on which Nawaz has been disqualified for life is still under way as is the case which disqualified him from his premiership.”

“The NAB court trial is incomplete and Wajid Zia has also said there is no documental evidence to show that Nawaz took money from his son’s company,” she said.

“Nawaz was first disqualified as prime minister, then removed as head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), his party was barred from participating in Senate elections and now they have ruled against him from holding a public office for life,” the minister said.

Marriyum said, “The premier was elected through the votes of the people and the decision regarding his disqualification also lies with the people. A prime minister who ended terrorism and load-shedding from the country and initiated development projects has been disqualified for life.”

Replying to question, she said all constitutional organizations, including Supreme Court, are respectable.