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Pak EC asks PML-N to appoint new party chief to replace Sharif

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's Commission today issued a notice to the ruling Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) asking it to appoint a new leader to replace former prime minister as its chief.

Sharif stepped down on July 28 after the Supreme disqualified him for not disclosing his assets. After the verdict, he ceased to be a member of parliament.

He, however, continued as the president of PML-N.

Commission of (ECP) through the notice told the PML-N that Sharif cannot lead the party after disqualification under the Political Parties Order 2002.

The ECP also referred to the constitution of PML-N which mandates that the party would appoint its new chief within one week. It asked the PML-N to elect a new president and inform the commission.

The PML-N was already holding consultation to appoint new party chief.

There are reports that Sharif's younger brother Shehbaz Sharif might be appointed as new president of PML-N. There are also chances that former first lady Kulsoom Nawaz may be given the role to lead the party.

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First Published: Tue, August 08 2017. 17:07 IST