ECP reserves verdict on plea against Maryam’s appointment as party VP
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday reserved its verdict on a petition challenging the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as the vice president of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N).
A three-member bench of the ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan heard the PTI’s petition against Maryam Nawaz.
During the hearing, the PML-N leader had requested the ECP to dismiss the plea, arguing that there was no restriction in the Constitution and Election Act on a convicted person holding a party’s vice presidency.
After submitting reply and arguments from the counsels, the ECP reserved verdict and will announce the verdict on August 27.
The petition was filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in May this year and contended that Maryam could not hold any party position as she was convicted by a court of law on July 6, 2018 in a corruption case (Avenfield reference), filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
In the earlier hearing, a three-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza, issued directives for provision of a copy of the reference filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to the PML-N leader’s lawyer.
Advocate Jahangir Jadoon and Zafarullah, who represented the PML-N and Maryam respectively, appeared before the bench.
Jadoon stated before the commission that they haven’t received a copy of the reference yet. He requested it to provide the same so they may submit their response.
Maryam being convicted person cannot hold any party office: Maleeka
After the hearing, talking to the journalists, Parliamentary Secretary for Law Maleeka Bukhari said the PML-N counsel today took a U-Turn before election commission when he stated that Maryam Nawaz is not vice president of PML (N).
Maleeka Bukhari said Maryam Nawaz being a convicted person cannot hold any party office.
Earlier, the ECP has issued notice to Maryam Nawaz in a plea seeking her removal as PML-N vice president. however, a three-member ECP bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, will hear the petition filed by the PTI leaders.