PML-N expedites reinstating Sharif as party president


ISLAMABAD Sept 29 (TNS): To pave a way for reinstating deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as the ruling party chief, a National Assembly session has been summoned on October 2, two days earlier before the scheduled date.

The move is being deemed as part of the ruling party’s endeavour to restore deposed premier as Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief after getting the Election Bill 2017 approved from National Assembly.

President Mamnoon Hussain is expected to endorse the bill during the lower house session of the parliament, inform sources said, adding that the party is also to convene a meeting on 3rd Oct.

Last week, the ruling party had managed to muddle through passing the Elections Reforms Bill 2017 without amending the clause 203, which states that any individual who is not qualified to become a member of the parliament, should not be eligible to become a party’s chairperson either.

The amendment was proposed by the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) which received 37 votes against 38. Hence, the amendment was rejected by a margin of one vote.

The 67-year-old former PM Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its landmark Panamagate verdict, announced on July 28 this year.

In subsequence of his ouster, he was also disqualified from the party president seat.