ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar allowed a petition challenging Election (Amendment) Act, 2017 dismissing registrar office’s reservations to contact concerned forums.
During an in-chamber appeal, the CJP directed concerned authorities to set up hearings pertaining to the appeal filed against the approval of Election (Amendment) Act, 2017 by Awami Muslim League [AML] chief Sheikh Rasheed, Pakistan People’s Party Member National Assembly Jamshad Dasti and nine others.
The bill – passed by the Senate – sought that a person who is not eligible to be elected as a member of parliament on account of being disqualified by a court of law should be barred from becoming office-bearer of any political party.
On Tuesday, the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government managed to block the opposition’s move in the National Assembly to prevent a disqualified person from heading a political party and paved way for deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif to continue calling the shots in his eponymous PML-N
In the house of 342 members, the ruling PML-N garnered support of 163 MNAs against the “Election (Amendment) Act, 2017”, presented in the house by Naveed Qamar – the parliamentary leader of the leading opposition party in the National Assembly, the PPP. As many as 98 lawmakers – all from opposition benches, except for former PM Mir Zafarullah Jamali, who belongs to the ruling party – voted in favour of the bill.
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