ECP adjourns petition seeking removal of Maryam Nawaz as PML-N Vice President

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has adjourned hearing on a petition concerning the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as vice president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) till August 1.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza, heard the petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) where PML-N submitted its response.

Maryam’s lawyer Jehangir Jadoon and Barrister Zafarullah appeared before the ECP, while the petitioners’ counsel failed to attend the hearing.

During the hearing, Barrister Zafarullah said that there is no constitutional clause in existence which seconds barring of Maryam Nawaz from becoming vice president of the party.

In a reply to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), PML-N said there is no restriction in the Constitution and the Election Act barring a convicted person from holding a position in a political party.

The reply observed that such laws were made during dictatorships to bar the nomination of the public representatives.

PML-N requested the bench to dismiss the petition, stating that it was only filed to propagate unnecessary propaganda in the media.

PML-N contended that the complainants do not have the right to challenge the internal legal matters of their party.

It said the petitioners were not presenting any democratic reasoning, adding that any other PTI member claiming a legitimate reason against the appointment of Maryam Nawaz can come forward within 15 days.

On May 9, PTI adopted the stance that Maryam Nawaz was ineligible to hold any political or public office as she was sentenced by the court in a corruption reference.

The petitioners included PTI MNAs Maleeka Bukhari, Farrukh Habib, and Javeria Zafar.