Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Nawaz Sharif re-elected head of his PML (N) party

Nawaz Sharif re-elected head of his PML (N) party

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau is set to indict former prime minister in the accountability court in three corruption and money laundering cases involving his family's offshore properties on Monday.

Pakistan's lower house on Monday passed a controversial bill allowing the former prime minister to take charge of the ruling party despite being disqualified by the country's top court this July.

"When no justification was found for their unconstitutional steps, the Doctrine of Necessity was invented", he said, adding he wished a doctrine of necessity was also created to respect the people's mandate and democracy.

A previous election bill barred from office someone disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, which was used by the courts to remove Sharif.

Ten nomination papers all proposing the name of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif were filed by members of Pakistan Muslim League (N). The law has replaced the earlier law that said only those who are qualified enough to become member of the parliament will be eligible to hold the position of the head in a political party. Addressing the meeting of PML (N)'s Central General Council, newly elected party President Nawaz Sharif thanked the party workers for reposing confidence in him once again.

Hours later, Pakistan's parliament amended a law to enable Sharif to re-take PML-N leadership.

Media along with many lawyers and officials, including Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, were prevented from entering the court, with security forces forming a human barrier as the former prime minister entered. He said Nawaz Sharif completed unprecedented number of development projects in the last four years and the people today are genuinely feeling difference in their lives.

The country's election commission will formally announce Sharif as the party president later.

Sharif's election has temporarily healed the rifts within the party which appeared on the verge of defections after his ouster. Pakistan's opposition parties have said they will challenge the new bill in court. They also content that the law is against the spirit of the Constitution.

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