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Nawaz Sharif's party set to elect him chief

03 October 2017

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif was scheduled to fly to London on Thursday to inquire about his wife, Begum Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for cancer at a private hospital in the United Kingdom.

On October 2, the former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif made a court appearance in the hearing of three corruption references against him.

Earlier on Sept 22, the Senate had passed the Election Bill 2017 with a majority vote, doing away with a clause which barred a person from serving as an office-bearer of a political party if he is either not qualified to be, or disqualified from being elected as a member of a parliament under Article 63 of the Constitution.

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The leaders also agreed to amend the party's Constitution so that any person could assume the presidency even if that person did not hold public office, Dawn newspaper reported.

According to PML-N sources, the new bill would be signed by the President tomorrow after which it would become a law and enable Sharif to be elected as the party chief.

"Sharif has been disqualified under the Article 62 of the Constitution and can not hold any office", Qureshi said and announced to challenge it in the Supreme Court. Khawaja Harris, Sharif's counsel, informed the court during the hearing that the Sharif children were busy tending to their convalescing mother in London and will appear in court once she is better.

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The court also issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Sharif s daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan and son-in- law Muhammad Safdar and summoned them for the next hearing.

The NAB had filed four references on September 8, against Sharif family members and Ishaq Dar on the orders of apex court.

"It had initially been decided that the media would be allowed to witness the interrogation of Sharif, but, as the daily reports, "...no one - including senior PML-N leadership - was allowed to set foot in the court before the former prime minister entered it".

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"The indictment is still pending and it would be discussed at the next hearing on Monday (October 9)", he said.

Nawaz Sharif's party set to elect him chief