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Election Bill 2017: Senate adopts resolutions against law empowering Nawaz Sharif

12 Octobre 2017

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 can not lead any political party.

Pakistan's Senate today passed a resolution against a person holding a party post after being disqualified from public office, a move aimed against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's re-election as the chief of the ruling PML-N.

The resolution was passed in the Senate with 52 people voted in favour of the resolution while 28 voted against it. Under the law, a disqualified person has been given powers to get the law of his choice enacted by the legislators associated with his/her party, he added.

Last month, the Senate, despite the opposition parties' combined strength outnumbering the treasury benches, had passed the Elections Bill 2017, paving way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to once again take the helm of the PML-N.

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Over half a dozen constitutional petitions have been filed in the apex court and high courts against the Election Bill 2017 which paved way for Sharif to head his party.

A controversial clause in the bill allows disqualified politicians to hold a public office or to lead a political party.

With the new election bill, the parliament is "exposed to becoming hostage to a person who himself is barred from entering it". Law Minister Zahid Hamid also opposed the resolution.

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

Election Bill 2017: Senate adopts resolutions against law empowering Nawaz Sharif