The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday (Sep 17) dismissed a petition seeking the disqualification of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif.
Maryam Nawaz can stay on as vice president of the PML-N, the verdict of the election commission said. A three-member commission of the ECP had earlier reserved the verdict in the disqualification on Monday.
The petition was filed in May last year by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers including Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Bokhari, Kanwal Shauzab and Javeria Zafar In a petition, PTI lawmakers contended that Maryam could not hold any party position as she was convicted by a court of law on July 6, 2018, in a corruption case (Avenfield reference), filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The PML-N leader had requested the ECP to dismiss the plea, arguing that there was no restriction in the Constitution and Election Act on a convicted person holding a party’s vice presidency. During yesterday’s (Monday) hearing, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) counsel Hassan Maan argued that Section 203 of the Elections Act should be read with Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.
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