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Maryam Nawaz eligible to hold senior party post


Anum RizwanWeb Editor

17th Sep, 2019. 12:04 pm
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Maryam Nawaz

The Election Commission of Pakistan has declared Maryam Nawaz eligible to hold the post of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s vice president.

According to details, The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) ruled in favour of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz today, declaring her appointment to the senior party post as lawful.

The petition, which was filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Bokhari, Kanwal Shauzab and Javeria Zafar, against Maryam’s appointment, had contended that she could not hold any party position as she was convicted by a court of law in a corruption case.

As per the petition, the appointment of Maryam as PML-N vice president was in conflict with the law and the Constitution.

PML-N lawyer had argued that some political parties are headed by their presidents, some by chairmen and some by emirs. He continued that the only person which matters is the one having authority, and vice president does not possess any power.

The ECP rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) petition to remove Maryam Nawaz as party’s vice president, however, restricted that she cannot become the acting president of PML-N.

A three-member bench Headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan had reserved the verdict on Aug 1 after hearing arguments for and against the appointment and set Aug 27 for its announcement after hearing arguments from both sides.

As per details ECP had deferred judgment on whether Maryam Nawaz can hold a party position to the 3rd of September.

The ECP announced its judgment on a petition challenging the appointment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz as vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

If the decision had gone against her it was likely to weaken political position of Maryam Nawaz who is already in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over money laundering charges.