Maryam Nawaz submits reply in ECP on plea against her appointment
June 25, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz submitted a reply in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on a plea against her appointment as party’s vice president. A three member bench of Election Commission of Pakistan headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan heard the case. During the hearing, Maryam Nawaz submitted her reply but PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif could not submit the reply over appointment of party’s vice president. Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer Barrister Zafarullah told the court that the reply of PML-N will be submitted in coming week. The bench has adjourned the hearing of PTI’s petition challenging appointment of Maryam Nawaz as PML-N vice president till 4th of next month. Meanwhile, the PML-N counsel sought time to submit reply. 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.