ECP postpones verdict on PTI’s petition against Maryam Nawaz

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday delayed its verdict in a petition challenging the appointment of Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, as vice president of Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz.

A three-member bench of the ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan heard the arguments.

The ECP bench ordered the lawyers to be given additional assistance in the case and said they need further understanding of the Supreme Court verdict and Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, according to Geo News.

The bench then postponed the hearing till September 3.

In May this year, the ruling PTI filed the petition maintaining Maryam Nawaz cannot hold any party position following her conviction by a court of law on July 6, 2018, in a corruption case (Avenfield reference), filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The petition was submitted by MNAs Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Kanwal Shauzab and Javeria Zafar.

As per the petition, the appointment of Maryam as PML-N vice president is in conflict with the law and the Constitution. It also covered the legal basis under which Maryam is ineligible to hold public office and includes a detailed mention of court decisions.