ISLAMABAD: A petition has been filed in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) challenging the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as the vice president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
The petition – submitted by parliamentary secretary Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Bokhari, Kanwal Suazab and Javeria Zafar – pledges that the appointment of Maryam as party’s vice president is in contrast with the constitution.
The petition further states that Maryam is ineligible to hold any political or public office.
Accepting the plea for hearing, the election body has issued a notice to Maryam Nawaz, notifying that the date of the hearing is fixed for June 17.
In a major reshuffle on May 3, Maryam, in addition to other appointments, was made party’s vice president for the first time.
Later in a media briefing on May 6, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wondered that “ [since] Maryam is convicted from the court, how she can hold a party position?”
Qureshi said consultation was underway with lawyers in this regard, and the party is also mulling to contact the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in this matter.