Shehbaz Sharif elected as acting president of PML-N

by Abel Hampton March 2, 2018, 1:50
Shehbaz Sharif elected as acting president of PML-N

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will hold its central working committee (CWC) on Tuesday (today) to elect the party's "interim" president, after the Supreme Court struck off a controversial amendment to the Elections Act, 2017 which allowed the party's former chief Nawaz Sharif to resume leadership of the party after being disqualified in the Panama Papers case in July previous year.

His proposal, followed by chants of "Wazir-e-Azam, Nawaz Sharif", was endorsed by Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi, who said: "These are the peoples' decisions".

Last week, Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from the post of PML-N party chief, saying all decisions made by him now stand null and void.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that his party would not respect those who did not believe in the sanctity of vote and upheld it.

In the meeting, Nawaz proposed the name of Shahbaz for the party's interim president which was unanimously approved by the CWC.

A meeting of the party's general council will be held on March 6 when Shehbaz Sharif would be appointed as permanent president of the PML-N.

Under the Political Parties Act, if a party president's seat falls vacant, it is required to be filled within 45 days but the time period for holding the office by the acting president could be extended.

After becoming the party president, Shahbaz praised his elder brother for making the PML-N the country's most popular political force. Sharif criticized his disqualification by terming it a conspiracy against him.

"So, the party is going ahead with its main candidate for party presidency even for the acting president slot", a source said. Though attempts are already being made to target Mian Shahbaz Sharif as he is seen as the strongman of the party and that is why sudden activation of NAB in Punjab and arrest of his close aides to cause maximum harm to the party ahead of general election. PML (N) criticised the controversial ruling by the Election Commission alleging that country's biggest party had been thrown out of the Senate elections in violation of law and constitution.

A petition filed with Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has challenged on Monday Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) registration with the commission under name of disqualified premier Nawaz Sharif.

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