Election Bill 2017: Senate adopts resolutions against law empowering Nawaz Sharif

Disqualified person should not hold office of political party Senate

Disqualified person should not hold office of political party Senate

Days after disqualified Nawaz Sharif was re-elected as president of PML-N, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Aitzaz Ahsan tabled the resolution questioning that a person, who cannot become a member of the Parliament due to disqualification by court, having unsound mind or leaving Pakistani nationality, can "become an office bearer of any political party".

It was argued in the resolution as to how could a person who had been disqualified by a court from holding a public office and was no longer eligible to be a lawmaker become the head of a political party and influence policymaking in the parliament from the outside.

It was further contended that by electing a disqualified person as a party chief, the parliament had become "exposed to becoming hostage to a person who himself is barred from entering it".

Law Minister Zahid Hamid said he saw no reason to adopt such a resolution and cast his suspicions over the intent behind its passage.

Leader of the House, Senator Raja Zafarul Haq terming the resolution inappropriate said that a bill has already passed in the regard from the Senate.

The resolution was passed in the Senate with 52 people voted in favour of the resolution while 28 voted against it.

He was of the view that late Prime Minister had struck down the law introduced by a military dictator, so why they have forgotten their leader.

Sharif, 67, had to step down as PML-N chief after he was disqualified as the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.

The Bill was also passed by the National Assembly with amendments, and was dually signed by the President Mamnoon Hussain and is being implemented.