Nawaz Sharif re-elected PML-N president

Published: October 3, 2017

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif was re-elected on Tuesday as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

According to Express News, Nawaz was elected as the party leader unopposed as no one filed nomination papers for the candidacy against him in the intra-party elections.

The development came a day after President Mamnoon Hussain signed a controversial election bill, allowing a disqualified premier to be elected as party chief. The Election Bill, 2017, commonly known as Electoral Reforms Bill was approved by the Senate and subsequently signed into law by the president late Monday night.

A controversial clause in the bill allows disqualified politicians to hold a public office or to lead a political party. Section 203 of the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 allows every citizen, except for government servants, to form a political party or become its office-bearer.

The bill seeks to augment eight sets of laws governing the electoral process in Pakistan including the Political Parties Order (PPO) 2002. According to PPO, Nawaz Sharif had to step down as PML-N chief after his disqualification by the Supreme Court in the Panamagate case.

Incensed by the government move, opposition parties had torn up copies of the bill after it was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid in Parliament on Monday. Opposition lawmakers, especially those from Imran Khan’s PTI, chanted slogans against Sharif and his family. They gathered around the podium of Speaker Ayaz Sadiq where they shouted slogans for some time.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Oct 3, 2017 - 11:03AM

    You want it ? You got it !! The same old sad story over and over again.Recommend

  • bilal
    Oct 3, 2017 - 11:32AM

    what a shameRecommend

  • Fariha
    Oct 3, 2017 - 12:20PM

    Black day of Democracy !Recommend

  • irfan shamim farooqui
    Oct 3, 2017 - 12:39PM

    It’s the saddest day in the democratic history of Pakistan. Nothing change.Recommend

  • faraz
    Oct 3, 2017 - 12:41PM

    Sher is Back. Mashallah. All the Conspiracies have now failed again. Vote for PMLN only.Recommend

  • Lalo
    Oct 3, 2017 - 1:13PM

    Shame on IK and PTI. If their senators were not absent, this would never had happened. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 3, 2017 - 1:32PM

    A slap in the face of the judiciary and the establishment ……. sad.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2017 - 2:33PM

    @faraz: As they say “if you think education is expensive, try ignorance”.Recommend

  • chengez K
    Oct 3, 2017 - 2:34PM

    End of times signs !!!!Recommend

  • rajab
    Oct 3, 2017 - 3:12PM

    RIP: MoralityRecommend

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