Pakistan’s ruling party nominates ousted PM Sharif to lead it


 Reuters International

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood


By Drazen Jorgic

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) party nominated ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as its leader on Monday, a government minister said, hours before it used its parliamentary majority to amend a law to allow him to be re-elected party chief.

Sharif resigned as prime minister in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a source of income. He

was also forced to step down as president of PML-N, though he

kept control of the party and installed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a

loyalist, as prime minister.

The party’s state minister for interior, Talal Chaudhry, said a parliamentary meeting of the ruling party chaired by Abbasi had nominated Sharif as its leader. He said Sharif would be formally re-elected president in a session scheduled for Tuesday. “He will become party president tomorrow, God willing,” Chaudhry said.

Hours later, Pakistan’s parliament amended a law to enable Sharif to re-take PML-N leadership. The amendment bill was presented by law minister Zahid Hamid and passed by lower house with a majority.

“We feel very strongly Nawaz Sharif has to lead our party. He’s the symbol of unity in our party,” said Rana Afzal Khan, a PML-N lawmaker


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2 replies

  1. Extremist Muslims on the rise / grow faster than we thought, Pakistan is on the edge of disaster.

    Since Pakistan Government repeled Thousand Muslims Ahmadiyyah, Pakistan is getting worse every day. This is a sign of punishment from Allah.

    Progressive Muslims in Pakistan should speak up loudly to fight the extremist Ideology and defeat them together with other element in Pakistan society who defand the Human Right and justice for all.

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