Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif set to become PML-N chief today

Marie Harrington
October 3, 2017

"Nawaz Sharif has chose to appear before the court in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references in order to expose the targeted trial", Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said and added justice is being "compromised" in the case.

Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif will be re-elected as the President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) during the party's general council meeting at Islamabad Convention Centre on October 3.

The approval of the Election Bill 2017 with a majority vote has removed the last hurdle in the way of the three-time premier to get re-elected as the head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party on Tuesday.

PML-N's Central Working Committee (CWC) has agreed to amend the party's constitution, paving way for his return, the Pakistani daily Dawn reported.

A previous election bill barred from office someone disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, which was used by the courts to remove Sharif.

Pakistan's lower house on Monday passed a controversial bill allowing the former prime minister to take charge of the ruling party despite being disqualified by the country's top court this July.

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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 minister also said Sharif's children - Hassan, Hussain and Maryam and son-in-law Safdar will not come from London to appear in the court to face the graft cases. When Sharif arrived at the court, around 2,000 personnel of the police and Rangers had been deployed there.

The bill will be later sent to President Mamnoon Hussain and it will be a part of the law after his approval.

Khawaja Harris, Nawaz's counsel, informed the court during the hearing that the Sharif children are in London to attend their ailing mother.

Meanwhile, the court re-issued bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz's daughter, Maryam Nawaz.

The NAB had filed four references on September 8, against Sharif family members and Ishaq Dar on the orders of apex court.

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