Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif stages defiant comeback

  • Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif stages defiant comeback

Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif stages defiant comeback

Sharif, 67, who is facing multiple corruption cases, was rendered ineligible to act not only as prime minister but also head of his party following a Supreme Court verdict.

"Nawaz, his children - Hussain, Hassan, and Maryam - and Captain Safdar are expected to appear in court on October 9 and be indicted in the corruption cases".

The trial comes on the same day as the ruling PML-N introduces legislation that would allow disqualified legislators to head a political party. Opposition leader, while criticising the role of the Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, said that an investigation should be done regarding the role of the two parties in relation to the passing of the bill from the Senate.

The protest, however, could not stop the government from getting the bill passed in the National Assembly where the ruling PML-N party enjoys a majority. The former prime minister will lead the party for four years.

Addressing a gathering of party members at the Convention Centre here, Sharif said his supporters kept reelecting him to power despite his ousters from the office. "Nawaz Sharif is the symbol of economic development in Pakistan", Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in his address to the party members.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses his Pakistan Muslim League supporters during a party general council meeting in Islamabad Pakistan Tuesday Oct. 3 2017. Sharif has been re-elected as president of the country's ruling party despit
Nawaz Sharif to be re-elected PML-N President on October 3

Having not reported these "assets" in his election declaration, Sharif was disqualified by the country's top court on July 28.

Sharif said his children are in London and will come back to Pakistan once their mother's health recovers. The bill will clear the way for Mr Nawaz to return as party president.

In Monday's development, Judge Mohammad Bashir of the Accountability Court set October 9 for the indictments against Sharif, his two sons, daughter and son in-law.

Party leaders decided in a Central Working Committee meeting to amend the PML-N's constitution to allow any person to assume presidency even if he did not hold public office.

The bill was presented by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid in the parliament where it was smoothly passed by the lawmakers. "Only one should rule who is elected by the people", he said.