ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif have filed petition in the Supreme Court praying to become parties in the disqualification revision petitions’ hearings. Advocates Abid Hassan Manto and Khawaja Haris filing petition on behalf of Sharif brothers made a plea that Sharif brothers be allowed to become parties and the ex-party decision against them be declared defunct. Besides this petition, two other petitions were filed praying for the issuance of a stay order against the earlier verdict of their being disqualified, until the revision petition was decided.
On Feb 25, 2009 Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif for electoral participation. As a result, Shahbaz Sharif is no longer Chief Minister of Punjab. The Supreme Court was requested to set aside the verdict of the Lahore High Court (LHC). The court announced a brief verdict after arguments of Attorney General Sardar Latif Khosa. The court order said that the learned court grants the plea of Syed Khurram Shah against Mian Nawaz Sharif and dismisses all appeals against it.
On March 14, 2009 The federal government decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict of the Supreme Court disqualifying Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif from electoral politics. The decision was taken during a meeting between the Prime Minister and the President in the Presidency when the latter called on him Saturday evening.