ECP rejects PTI’s petition to bar Maryam Nawaz from holding PML-N position

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday allowed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (ML-N) vice president to keep her party designation despite her conviction in a corruption case.

The commission ruled that Maryam Nawaz is eligible to hold the vice president position in the party.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan disposed of a petition filed by PTI lawmakers, including Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Bokhari, Kanwal Shauzab and Javeria Zafar, against her appointment.

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.

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