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ECP dismisses plea to remove Maryam as PML-N vice president

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    ECP dismisses plea to remove Maryam as PML-N vice president
    Fahad Chaudhry | Javed HussainUpdated September 17, 2019
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    The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday ruled that PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz is eligible to hold the vice president position in the party. — AFP/File
    The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday dismissed a plea to remove PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz as a vice president of the party and ruled that she was eligible to hold the position.

    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.

    The ECP ruled that Maryam, who is currently in the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) physical remand, cannot be appointed as the acting president of the party and that she should not accept any functional party position.

    Reacting to the ECP's ruling, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that PTI had gone to the ECP with the petition for "cheap publicity".

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    "Maryam Nawaz does not require any position or designation to help the people of Pakistan," she said, adding: "Maryam's services for the restoration of the Constitution and law is not hidden from anyone [...] she stayed behind for five years and worked on health and education along with [former prime minister] Nawaz Sharif."

    The party spokesperson said that the current government does "small things" like the petition for which they had received a response from the election commission today.

    Meanwhile, Maryam's lawyer Barrister Zafarullah said that there was no such condition in Pakistani law that restricted an individual from holding a party position.

    While speaking to the media, he said that Maryam will remain vice president of PML-N as the ECP had disposed of PTI's petition.

    Petition proceedings
    In their petition, the PTI lawmakers 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 NAB.

    The ECP had on Monday reserved its judgement in the case for the second time. It had first reserved it on Aug 1 and had set Aug 27 as the date for its pronouncement. But in an unusual move, the commission deferred the judgement, asking the counsel for both sides to assist it on whether or not the bar on a convict from holding office of the president of a political party also applies to the vice president, in the light of a recent judgement of the Supreme Court.

    On Monday, PTI’s counsel Hassan Maan had argued that Section 203 of the Elections Act should be read with Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. Alluding to Jehangir Tareen's case, he said a PTI lawmaker from Punjab lost his party position on the basis of the same principle which barred disqualified leaders from holding any party office.

    Meanwhile, the PML-N lawyer said some political parties were headed by their presidents while others were headed by chairmen or emirs. He said that the individuals with authority mattered, pointing out that vice presidents did not have any power.

    He said the Supreme Court’s judgement also specifically mentioned party heads and asked the ECP to dismiss the petition filed by the PTI lawmakers.

    Petition against Maryam's appointment
    Following Maryam's appointment as PML-N vice president on May 3, PTI lawmakers had challenged her appointment in the ECP contending that she could not hold any party position as she was convicted by a court of law on July 6, 2018, in a corruption case.

    The PML-N leader, on the other hand, 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.

    In its judgement on the Avenfield apartments reference, an accountability court had sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to rigorous imprisonment of 10 years, Maryam to seven years and her husband, retired Captain Mohammad Safdar to one year.

    The accused were also disqualified from contesting election or holding public office for 10 years to be reckoned from the date they are released after serving the sentence and they shall not be allowed to apply for or to be granted or allowed any financial facilities in the form of a loan for 10 years from the date of their conviction within the meaning of Section 15 of National Accountability Ordinance, 1999.

    On Sept 19 last year, the Islamabad High Court suspended the NAB court’s decision in the Avenfield reference.

    Subsequently, NAB challenged the suspension, but the Supreme Court dismissed its plea.
     
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    So whats new. Crooks and thugs are already in parliament. ECP just put a seal of approval on that.
    This country needs a dictatorship. No not Musharraf / Zia type. We need gulags of our own.
     
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    they said the office she holds is nonfunctional and that was the ground for dismissal of application
     
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    What a load of manure the ecp is she cant be chairman but she can be vice what do you think shes going to be doing from there you absolute 5hit heads
     
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    saray rishwat khor idaray bari besabri se Nawaz/Zardari ka intizaar kar rahay hain....under IK sab ki gaaf phato pari hai....haraam khor log kabhi Ik ya kisi bhi iman dar hakumat ko nahi chalnay dain gay.
     
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    Unfortunately the system is so corrupt and rotten that the law cannot reach these corrupt & incompetent bastards. She is a certified traitor, a liar, corrupt & incompetent person, not only just that she was already punished and several bans were implemented on her yet because of this corrupt & incompetent system she continues to walk freely & now she is standing completely against Pakistan.

    The only way to save Pakistan is to implement Presidential system, end of story.
     
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    Koi haal nahi Pakistan ka