Monday, 1 January 2018

SC takes up pleas against Nawaz party office

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court of Pakistan will hear petitions challenging ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s appointment as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president today (Monday).
A three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar will take up the petitions challenging the appointment of Nawaz Sharif as party head despite his disqualification by the apex court.
At least 13 people, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Awami Muslim league chief Sheikh Rashid, and Pakistan People’s Party leader Jamshaid Dasti, have filed petitions in the apex court, challenging Nawaz Sharif’s appointment as PML-N president.
The court would likely club these petitions and would take up the case today.
The petitioners have taken the position that holding of party office by a disqualified person was against Section 5 of Political Parties Order, and was in sheer violation of Article 17 of the Constitution.

Following his disqualification from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had managed passage of Election Bill 2017 from the Parliament, paving way for a disqualified person to hold a political party’s office.

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