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Election Bill 2017

PML-N lawmakers should hang their heads in shame, says Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday said the ruling party legislators should hang their heads in shame after opposing the amendment in Election Bill 2017 aimed at barring disqualified members from heading political parties, ARY News reported. "In a democracy moral authority is a core principle. Today that was negated by the PML-N, which sought to place their corrupt leader above all laws," he said in a series of tweet in response to disapproval of the bill presented by opposition…

NA rejects bill seeking to bar disqualified members from heading political parties

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday rejected a bill presented by opposition lawmakers seeking to ban disqualified members from heading political parties, ARY News reported. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) legislator Naveed Qamar presented the bill in the National Assembly seeking amendment in Election Bill 2017 which allows disqualified members to head political parties, a provision opposition thinks was only inserted to facilitate former PM Nawaz Sharif. 98 NA members voted in favour of the bill while 163 opposed…

PTI to challenge controversial Election Bill in top court, says PTI leader

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Babar Awan said on Tuesday that the party will challenge the controversial Election Bill 2017 in the Supreme Court. Speaking to media outside the apex court, he said a disqualified person cannot participate in electoral process, nor can he hold a political party’s office. The Election Bill, a clause of which allows a person ineligible to be member of parliament to head a political party, was an attack on the Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution. Slamming the role of the…

SC moved against legislators for voting in favour of controversial Election Bill

LAHORE: A petition seeking disqualification of the lawmakers who voted in favour of a controversial clause of Election Bill 2017 was filed in the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry, ARY News reported on Monday. Gauhar Nawaz Sindhoo of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)  petitioned the apex court, pleading to disqualify those members of the National Assembly under Article 62 of the Constitution who voted in favour of the controversial clause of the bill that paved way for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to head ruling Pakistan…

Yet another petition filed against controversial Election Bill 2017

ISLAMABAD: A petition challenging a controversial clause of the Election Bill 2017 that allowed a disqualified person to head a political party was filed in the Islamabad High Court on Saturday.   Naming federal law secretary, Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan, and others as respondents, the petitioner has pleaded with the court to strike down the legislative clause that paved way for disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif to become the party’s head. The petitioner argued that the…

PPP leader says Election Bill 2017 in clash with Constitution

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Latif Khosa has said one clause of the Election Bill 2017, that allows an individual disqualified to be member of the parliament or to hold office of a political party, was clearly in clash with the Constitution of Pakistan. “If a bill is in collision with any Article of the Constitution, it would be deemed invalid. And Articles 62 and 63 in the Constitution could not be amended through a bill,” he said talking to ARY News program 11th Hour. On Monday, President Mamnoon…

Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif becomes PML-N chief again

ISLAMABAD: Ousted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been elected unopposed as the president of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N). PML-N leader Tariq Fazal Chaudhry submitted the nomination papers of Nawaz Sharif for the slot with returning officer Amir Afzal Mandokhel for intra-party election. No other party leader submitted nomination papers for the slot of the party president till the close of time for submission of nomination papers. On Monday, President Mamnoon Hussain signed the controversial Election…

PTI, MQM challenge election bill paving way for Sharif to head PML-N

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) have gone to the Sindh High Court challenging the new Election Bill 2017 which allows an ineligible person to be head of a political party, ARY News reported. Both the political parties filed on Monday a petition in the high court, requesting it to declare the bill as illegal and unconstitutional. They submitted in the petition that the Election Bill 2017 was in violation of the constitutional provisions and aimed to elect ousted…

Sattar says to take action against senator for voting in favor of PML-N

KARACHI: A day after the Senate passed an election bill paving way for otherwise ineligible Nawaz Sharif to take the helm of the PML-N with help of two opposition parties - including Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) - its leader Dr Farooq Sattar vowed to take action against the party senator who voted in favour of the treasury, rejecting opposition's amendment. The Senate passed the Election Bill 2017 with a majority vote, doing away with the legal bar on a person to serve as an office-bearer of a political party…