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Supreme Court declares Nawaz Sharif ineligible to lead party

ISLAMABAD: Announcing its verdict on petitions challenging a controversial amendment in Electoral Reforms Bill 2017, Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ruled that a disqualified person cannot lead a political party, ARY News reported. The apex court judgement is being seen as another blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as it was being led by former PM Nawaz Sharif despite a July 2017 verdict declaring him ineligible to hold public office under Article 62, 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan. The…

I will never lead PTI if a court disqualifies me, says Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Saturday said that he will never lead his party in case a court declares him ineligible to contest elections or hold public office like Nawaz Sharif, ARY News reported. In an exclusive interview with ARY News, Imran Khan categorically denied the impression that his party allowed its senators to stay away from proceedings during voting for Election Bill 2017 which paved way for former PM Nawaz Sharif to lead his party. "The party is disappointed (over Senators'…

Nawaz can now head PML-N as NA passes Election Bill 2017 amid opposition protest

ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) legislators protested as National Assembly too passed Election Bill 2017 along with a controversial amendment paving way for former PM Nawaz Sharif to head the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), ARY News reported on Monday. The bill, already passed by the upper house (Senate) paves way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to head PML-N despite the fact that he is ineligible to hold a public office following a court verdict in July leading to his disqualification.…

Nawaz Sharif to benefit as Senate passes Electoral Reforms Bill 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday passed the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 paving way for the former PM Nawaz Sharif to regain PML-N's chairmanship, ARY News reported. The bill was passed by a house session chaired by chairman Raza Rabbani. Amendment suggested by Pakistan People's Party (PPP) lawmaker Aitzaz Ahsan was rejected. Aitzaz, along with other opposition lawmakers, wanted to amend clause 203 of the bill. The clause allows a person who is ineligible to become a member of the parliament to head a political party.…

Senate passes ‘Right of Access to Information Bill’; NA adopts ‘Election Bill 2017’

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed "The Right of Access to Information Bill 2017", while the National Assembly introduced the "Election Bill 2017" aimed at electoral reforms.  The bill moved by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb provides for the right to information in a transparent and effective manner, subject to reasonable restrictions imposed by the law. The Senate also passed 'The Post Office (Amendment) Bill 2017'. NA adopts Election Bill 2017 Meanwhile,…

PCER adopts election bill 2017 to make electoral process free, fair

ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary body on Friday adopted Elections Bill 2017 aimed at making the electoral process free, fair and transparent. Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms (PCER) has merged eight existing laws relating to elections in the Elections Bill 2017 by signing its report at a meeting in Islamabad. These include Electoral Rolls Act 1974, Delimitation of Constituencies Act 1974, Senate Election Act 1975; Representation of the People Act 1976, Election Commission Order 2002, Conduct of General Elections…