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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Notices issues to Nawaz Sharif and secretaries:IHC


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued notices to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Election Commissioner, secretary establishment, secretary cabinet and secretary law over a petition challenging his ascent to the party throne.  

A petitioner has challenged the Elections Act, 2017 which led to Nawaz's re-election as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president last year.

While hearing the case, the IHC bench sent notices to Nawaz, the chief election commissioner, and the secretaries of the law, cabinet and establishment divisions.
The respondents have been directed to submit their replies before the next hearing, scheduled for January 30.

During the hearing Raees Abdul Wahid has appeared before the court to follow his case. During the hearing he requested the court to declare election act clauses 203, 232 null and void. Later the hearing of the case adjourned till January 30.

Following his disqualification by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers case, Nawaz was also held ineligible for holding the party boss' office.

However, the government managed to amend the law and passed the Elections Act 2017 in October 2017, which made it possible for a disqualified parliamentarian to hold a party position.

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