Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

PPP's Kaira hails decision of Shehbaz being made PML-N president

PPP's Kaira hails decision of Shehbaz being made PML-N president

While speaking to the media, Kaira said Shehbaz was on good terms with the bureaucracy but had been disrespectful towards PPP.

Shahbaz, the 66-year-old chief minister of Punjab province, has been elected as the party's president for 45 days by its central working committee (CWC) in a meeting held in Sharif's Model Town Lahore residence today.

Kaira's statement has come at a time when reports have surfaced of Shehbaz being made the president of PML-N, following the disqualification of Nawaz as the party head.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party also elected Nawaz as "leader for life", in what will be seen as a provocative move and could anger the judiciary after last week's Supreme Court verdict that removed Sharif as party leader. He has said the top court had no business making the decision to oust him from the party position. Climate Change Minister and PML-N's information secretary Mushahidullah Khan told reporters on Monday that the election of an interim president of the PML-N was the top agenda item for the CWC meeting.

"Though Nawaz Sharif was advised to appoint Shehbaz Sharif directly as party president on a permanent basis, the former did not agree to the advice and instead said that he would follow the party constitution, according to which any decision in this connection would be taken after 45 days".

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In another tweet, Maryam Nawaz informed as to how PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq, PM Abbasi and Shehbaz Sharif's proposal to name Nawaz "Quaid for life" elicited a resounding approval.

The Sharif clan and their supporters have repeatedly denied allegations of corruption, suggesting Nawaz is the victim of a conspiracy driven by Pakistan's powerful military establishment. "Shahbaz will continue as the party's full-time president after the general council elects him in a meeting in Islamabad next month", he said.

Last week, the Supreme Court had ruled that an individual disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution can not serve as head of a political party.

The apex court's verdict was in response to 17 petitions challenging the controversial Elections Act 2017, which had been bulldozed through parliament previous year to pave the way for Nawaz's return to the PML-N's helm as party president.

He was first elected as the president of the embattled PML-N during exile in 2002 as the cases were registered against Nawaz Sharif.

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