The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) served a notice to the Pakistan-Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday directing it to appoint a new party chief in place of Nawaz Sharif.
It pointed out that under the Political Parties Order 2002, a disqualified parliamentarian could no longer continue holding the office of a party’s head.
Under the PML-N’s own party rules and regulations, the seat of the party chief cannot be left vacant for more than a week.
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had resigned from the post of the prime minister last month when the Supreme Court disqualified him over his failure to disclose his ‘un-withdrawn receivables, constituting assets’ in his nomination papers filed ahead of the 2013 general elections.
The court had also ordered NAB to file the references within six weeks before the accountability court of Rawalpindi-Islamabad on the basis of the material collected and referred to by the Joint Investigating Team that probed into Sharif’s offshore assets as revealed in April last year in the Panama Papers.
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