N elects Nawaz Sharif as president again

Ousted Pakistani PM re-elected as ruling party head

He was addressing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers at Convention Center in Islamabad where Nawaz Sharif was elected unopposed as party's president for the next four years.

Opposition lawmakers had protested loudly against the bill's passage, seeing it as a law created to accommodate a single individual - ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Once the bill becomes a law, Nawaz Sharif is expected to regain his position as the party leader of PML-N.

His re-election on Tuesday came after parliament the previous day approved a bill allowing officials disqualified by courts to hold party offices.

The party's election commissioner Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal formally announced the former prime minister as the party president during a PML-N general council meeting, attended by over 500 law makers from both provincial and national assembly.




Talal Chaudhry said it would take some time to expose the elements conspiring against Nawaz Sharif and his family.

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan today postponed the indictment of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on charges of corruption in the Panama Papers scandal. Hence the decision was not taken by the current dispensation, which is also in Sharif's favour. Under The Representation of The People Act of 1976, a disqualified person can not hold office of a party.

The bill was cleared by the Lower House within minutes amidst ugly scenes, as opposition members gathered around the speaker's podium, chanting slogans, tearing up copies of the bill and flinging them towards the dais. The PML-N was issued a notice last month already by the Election Commission of Pakistan for failing to choose permanent successor of Sharif. "Wrong laws can not separate party heads from their parties", he said.

On the other hand, Pakistan Awami Tehreek has filed a petition in the Lahore High Court seeking the annulment of amendment pleading that any disqualified law maker could not become head of political party.

They also flayed the PTI leadership for leading the country towards anarchy, saying that the masses will no longer be deceived by Imran Khan's negative propaganda.

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