After SC verdict: PML-N acting president in seven days, says Iqbal

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal says people must quit petty personal rifts and focus on more important realities

Ammar Shaikh February 23, 2018
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Friday that the acting party president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will be elected within seven days, before the election of the permanent president in the next 45 days.

Iqbal also clarified that the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the PML-N has been authorised to elect the party president in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict this week, which disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the party president.

Responding to a question whether Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will be elevated as the party president, he said as per the party constitution, the CWC was authorised to elect the party president in the wake of apex court verdict.

“The acting party president will be elected within seven days while a permanent president will be chosen in the next 45 days,” he added. He also said that only “Nawaz Sharif will decide who will become the next president of the PML-N and he is and will remain the leader” of the party.

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Earlier, Iqbal spoke as the chief guest at the concluding day of the three-day International Conference on Mysticism at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU). He said that Pakistan, under his party’s rule, had become more prosperous, safer, peaceful and an emerging economy.

The minister informed the audience that lack of justice creates depression and depression stops an individual from advancing. He urged the Pakistanis to come out of depression and be confidant.

On the topic of the conference, he said, “Mysticism tells us to respect and love for each other”.

LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr Uzma Qureshi, in her address of welcome, highlighted the importance and role of mysticism for today’s world. She said that mysticism and Sufism had been instrumental in shaping the esoteric landscape of Sub-Continent.

She appreciated the Persian Department of the University -- the Ferdowsi Chair -- for organising the conference and bringing together scholars of different culture and countries on a single platform.

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Head of Department Dr Faleeha Zahra Kazmi, while sharing the details of the conference, explained that scholars from Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Tajikistan and India participated in the conference and presented their papers.

Iran Cultural Centre Director General Dr Fard Razai highlighted the depth and strength of Iran and Pakistan’s cultural, historical, religious relations and declared that mysticism was the binding force among different culture and boundaries and the base of peace and harmony in any society.

The Ferdowsi Chair in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad, Cultural Centre of Iran, Lahore and Muslim Institute had organised the event titled The Role of Mysticism in Establishing Harmony and Peaceful Coexistence.


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