Top Pakistan court rejects ex-PM Sharif's appeal against removal

17 September, 2017, 22:09 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • NA-120 The public’s verdict awaited

The sequence of events that followed the disqualification of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from office by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case has exposed a rift within the Sharif family and the ruling PML-N over the question of who will be the successor of the ousted premier. An ECP representative said that the constituency has total 321,786 registered voters, out of which 179,642 were male while 142,144 were female voters.

To a question whether Nawaz Sharif would show up on Tuesday regarding references filed by accountability watchdog, Abbasi replied that his lawyers were representing him and the bureau could call the former prime minister if deemed it necessary. Ahead of announcing that his wife Kulsoom Nawaz would contest the by-election, it had nearly become clear that Abbasi would remain a "permanent PM" till the next polls.

Kulsoom is undergoing throat cancer treatment in London.

Sharif had won the National Assembly (NA) seat from the area for the first time in 1985.

"I am satisfied by the polling, particularly the presence of army at the polling stations", Rashid said after visiting a polling station for women in the electorate located within Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city.

Pakistani opposition leader and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party Imran Khan gestures to supporters during a rally in Islamabad on July 30, 2017.

The "lion" is normally the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but on this occasion it's his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

Khan, on the other hand, has been relentlessly hammering at the Sharifs for years, calling them the epitome of Pakistan's corrupt political system and calling for a new democratic era in which justice prevails and ordinary people have access to power.

Nisar recently said Maryum could not be accepted as party leader.

Election banners for MML's candidate, Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, prominently featured images of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the JuD chief and founder of LeT. Saeed remains under house arrest, although under no formal charges, by Pakistani authorities under an anti-terrorism law. "Everyone in the USA said it would be her victory, and they all proved wrong".

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