Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has adjourned hearing on petition against the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), till August 01. A three-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza held hearing on the petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Islamabad.
Lawyer Jahangir Jadoon and Barrister Zafarullah appeared before ECP on behalf of Maryam Nawaz whereas complainant’s lawyer failed to appear due to clash of schedule. Barrister Zafarullah, while presenting his arguments, claimed that there is no constitutional clause in existence which could barred Maryam Nawaz from becoming vice president of the party.
Earlier on June 25, Maryam Nawaz, in a written reply to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), stated that there is no restriction in the Constitution and the Election Act barring a convicted individual from holding a party post.
The reply further stated that “such laws were made during dictatorships to bar the nomination of the public representatives”. “There was a clause in Political Parties Order 2002, according to which a sentenced man cannot hold a party position. The parliament had abolished this clause in Election Act 2017,” she added.
The petition was submitted by PTI leaders Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Bokhari, Kanwal Suazab and Javeria Zafar. It states that Maryam Nawaz’s appointment as PML-N vice president is in contradiction with the constitution and law of the land. The petition further states that Maryam Nawaz is ineligible to hold any political or public office.
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