Former Pakistani Prime Minister's Indictment Postponed

Nawaz's re-election as party head Election Bill 2017 to be tabled in NA on Monday

During his first appearance in court, on September 26, Sharif condemned the anticorruption court's actions as politically motivated.

The opposition protested against the bill in the NA and chanted slogans against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of (PML-N), who was ousted by the court on corruption charges.

Meanwhile, Sharif is expected to be reinstated as the chief of his party- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) today after a scheduled party leadeship meet.

Earlier on Sept 22, the Senate had passed the Election Bill 2017 with a majority vote, doing away with a clause which barred a person from serving as an office-bearer of a political party if he is either not qualified to be, or disqualified from being elected as a member of a parliament under Article 63 of the Constitution.

According to PML-N sources, the new bill would be signed by the President tomorrow after which it would become a law and enable Sharif to be elected as the party chief. Sharif could be jailed after the indictment.

The party's state minister for interior, Talal Chaudhry, said a parliamentary meeting of the ruling party chaired by Abbasi had nominated Sharif as its leader.




The court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the men and a bailable warrant for Maryam, likely keeping in mind that she may need to stay with her ailing mother in London.

The bill was also ratified by President Mamnoon Hussain.

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau is set to indict former prime minister in the accountability court in three corruption and money laundering cases involving his family's offshore properties on Monday. During the hearing, the PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League) lawyer argued that all of the accused in the case have to appear in court before an indictment takes place.

Earlier in the day, an informal advisory session was held after Nawaz returned to Punjab House after appearing before an accountability court.

The court had summoned Sharif, his son-in-law, Capt (retd) Safdar and his children; Hassan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz, to appear before the court in relation to the corruption cases filed against them.

It marks the formal process of re-electing Sharif as party president, the report said.

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