Published On: Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017

Nawaz to be Re-elected as PML-N Party Chief


PML-N Party ChiefThe ruling party PML-N carved a clear path for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to be re-elected as PML-N party chief and party’s president.

The Central Working Committee (CWC) and party leaders all sat down and agreed to make amendment in their party’s constitution so that anyone could be a president of the party regardless of holding a public office or not.

After discussions, the PML-N amended Section 120 of the party constitution, the amendment was later approved by the Central Working Committee.

Raja Zafarul Haq, the PML-N chairman presided over the CWC session. Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and interim president Senator Sardar Yaqub Nisar were also present.

Senator Mushahidullah Khan also expressed his complete faith in the former Prime Minister.

Nawaz Sharif returned to Punjab House after appearing in front of accountability court and an informal advisory session was held. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Senator Pervaiz Rashid and Dr Asif Kirmani were present during the session along with the chief minister.

Nawaz had appeared before the accountability court early on Monday after being summoned in connection with three graft cases prepared by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him and his family.

However, he was not formally charged with a crime as his lawyer argued that all of the accused in the case must be present in court before they could be indicted. The accused Nawaz; his children Hussain, Hassan, and Maryam; and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar are now expected to appear on October 9 to be formally indicted.

The court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the men and a bailable warrant for Maryam, likely keeping in mind that she may need to stay with her ailing mother in London.

The PML-N has also convened a meeting of its general council to formally begin the process of re-electing ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as the party’s president.

Earlier, there had been reports that the ousted prime minister would fly to London on Thursday to inquire after his wife, Begum Kulsoom, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer at a private hospital in the United Kingdom.

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