Pak Senate passes resolution to stop Sharif from becoming PML-N chief

RSTV Bureau
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File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s Senate has passed a resolution to impede ousted  prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s re-election as the chief of the ruling PML-N party.

On Wednesday, the Senate or the upper house of Parliament passed the resolution with comfortable 52-28 vote.

The resolution, presented by Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, stated that a person who is not eligible to become a member of the parliament or has been disqualified cannot lead any political party.

Sharif had to step down as PML-N chief after he was disqualified as the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.

But the ruling party had earlier this month had bulldozed through the controversial Election Act 2017 into a law in the National Assembly, despite the ruckus by the Opposition.

Earlier, under The Representation of Peoples Act 1976, a disqualified person could not hold office of a party. The new law was passed to allow the party to re-elect Sharif as its head.

The resolution passed on Wednesday, was against the approval given to Sharif to head the ruling party after amendments were made to the Elections Bill, 2017.

Meanwhile, Law Minister Zahid Hamid opposed the resolution when put forward for debate and said that every party has the right to choose its leader from one of its members.

The resolution is non-binding and of no legal value and hence just symbolic, Hamid said.

(With inputs from agencies)