Nawaz Sharif returns as PML-N President (Second Lead)

Cheryl Sanders
October 4, 2017

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has called for the restoration of the people's right to govern.

According to an official press release here, the cabinet, which met at Kashmir House Islamabad with Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan in chair, unanimously adopted a resolution moved by Minister Information and Tourism Mushtaq Minhas expressing confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif.

The law was passed to allow the party to re-elect the disqualified former Prime Minister as party chief, on the eve of a party convention called for the express objective of electing Sharif to the post.

"The people of this country are well aware and have recognised the fact that the Sharif family took billions of rupees overseas illegally".

"Today, a tax defaulter has been elected as party president".

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the clause 203 of the bill is against the spirit of the country's Constitution. He will be formally re-elected president in a session scheduled for Tuesday.

"Despite being elected by the people thrice, I was disqualified".

PML-N leader Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry submitted Sharif's papers for party president in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) while no one other candidate from the party contested the election, the Dawn reported.

Sharif will later address the meeting, which is being attended by all senior PML-N leaders including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Maryam Nawaz asked if such a small amount is negligible then why the same court did not calculate what percentage an amount of 10,000 Dirham holds in Nawaz Sharif's assets.

The vote was more of a formality as PML-N has a vast majority.

"He added that's over the last four years, despite sit-ins, lockdown, opposing circumstances and closing down of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad cities, the PML-N government worked day and night to wriggle the country out of the quagmire of crises and eliminate the energy crisis", he concluded.

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