Sharif likely to be re-elected PML-N chief

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Islamabad, Sep 30: Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is anticipated to regain his post as as the president of PML-N party next week under a new proposed legislature that will allow a disqualified leader to take over reins of a political party.

Sharif had to resign as the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz following the supreme court July 28 verdict in which he was disqualified in connection with the Panama Papers scandal.

The former premier’s way to the presidency of his party was paved amid much uproar when during a September 22 session of Upper House of the Parliament (Senate), an amendment in the Election Bill 2017 was okayed by a single vote allowing a disqualified legislator to lead a political party, Dawn online reported.

Thee new law will be produced before  the Lower House on Monday for fresh votes on the Senate’s amendments. It is expected to be passed easily as the ruling party has a majority in the house.

After getting green signal from both the houses, the bill would go to President Mamnoon Hussain’s desk for endorsement, thus making it a law.

The PML-N will commence a high-level general council meeting on October 2 to modify the party constitution that also barred a disqualified person from holding any party office, said Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan.

Ahead  the General Council, a meeting of PML-N central working committee (CWC) is scheduled to be held. The second session would be convened  on October 3 to elect a new party president, added Khan.

Khan, who is also PML-N’s central information secretary, said that “all legal hurdles in the way of Sharif re-assuming his post as party chief would be removed by October 3”.

Wefornews Bureau 

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