Senate adopts resolution against disqualified person holding party office

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2017

The PPP-led opposition parties in the Senate defeated the government on Wednesday by adopting a resolution stating that a person who can not become a member of the parliament should not "become an office-bearer of any political party".

The resolution was presented by the leader of the opposition in House, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, Express News reported.

The resolution, presented by PPP's Senator Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, pointed out that an un-elected person who has given up Pakistani citizenship, who is declared to be of an unsound mind or disqualified from holding public office by a court, can not become the head of a party and take decisions.

The resolution passed with 52 senators voting in its favour and 28 against it.

It was further contended that by electing a disqualified person as a party chief, the parliament had become "exposed to becoming hostage to a person who himself is barred from entering it". Law Minister Zahid Hamid also opposed the resolution.

Leader of the House, Senator Raja Zafarul Haq terming the resolution inappropriate said that a bill has already passed in the regard from the Senate.

Sharif, 67, had to step down as PML-N chief after he was disqualified as the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.

The PML-N took full advantage of its position as the ruling party as President Mamnoon Hussain signed the controversial Election Act 2017 into law after it was bulldozed through the National Assembly amid pandemonium on the opposition benches. Section 203 of the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 allows every citizen, except for government servants, to form a political party or become its office-bearer.

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