Pakistan’s disgraced ex PM re elected head of ruling party

By on October 3, 2017


Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Photo by Z A Balti - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151770556383417.1073741972.343529533416&type=1, Public Domain)
Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Photo by Z A Balti – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151770556383417.1073741972.343529533416&type=1, Public Domain)

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been re-elected as president of the country’s ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League, despite the scandal surrounding his dismissal from office.

His re-election on Tuesday came after parliament the previous day approved a bill allowing officials disqualified by courts to hold party offices.

The Supreme Court in July dismissed Sharif over concealing financial assets and he is now facing trial before an anti-corruption court

Pakistan’s opposition parties have said they would challenge the new bill in court, saying it was just a means of paving way for Sharif’s stay as party president.

Also on Monday, an anti-graft tribunal postponed Sharif’s indictment for a week after his children, who are co-defendants in the case, failed to appear in court.