ECP dismisses petition to remove Maryam Nawaz as PML-N vice president

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking the removal of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif from holding party office.

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ECP verdict ruled that Maryam can stay on as vice president of the PML-N. A three-member bench of the ECP had earlier reserved the verdict in the disqualification on Monday.

The verdict was announced by the Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retired) Muhammad Raza Khan today. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Malika Bukhari, Farrukh Habib, and Kanwal Shauzab had submitted the petition.

In August, the ECP had postponed the verdict challenging the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as PML-N VP.

The ECP bench hearing the case had ordered that lawyers be given additional assistance in the case and said they needed more understanding of the Supreme Court verdict and Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

On May 9, the PTI had filed a petition and arguing that Maryam could not hold any party position as she was convicted by a court of law on July 6, 2018, in a corruption case (Avenfield reference), filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Earlier this month, an accountability court in Lahore had extended Maryam Nawaz’s remand by 14 days in a case pertaining to Chaudhry Sugar Mills.

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