PML-N elects ousted PM Nawaz Sharif new chief

ISLAMABAD: Ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) on Tuesday elected ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as its chief weeks after the country’s top court disqualified him for holding any public office, party officials said.

Sharif’s election came hours after the parliament approved a new law that allows politicians disqualified from holding public office to head a political party.

Opposition lawmakers protested in the session of the National Assembly or Lower House of the parliament Monday evening when Law Minister Zaid Hamid introduced an amended in the “Election Bill 2017.”

Earlier a politician could not hold any party position if disqualified by a court. PML-N also amended its own constitution to allow disqualified person heads the party.

Nawaz Sharif was elected the PML-N chief at a largely-attended at the general council’s of the party, the highest body to elect the leadership and take key decisions.

Tariq Fazl Chaudhry, a cabinet minister and a senior PML-N leader, told the media that no other candidate submitted nomination papers until 10 a.m.

The opposition parties have announced they would move the court against the amendment in the election bill as they think it has paved the way for disqualified persons to hold key position in political system. The PML-N, however; defended the amendment and insisted that the move was aimed at removing the “faulty laws enforced by dictators.”