Sheikh Rasheed files petition against Election Reforms Bill in SC

ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has filed petition against Election Reforms Bill 2017 in Supreme court that allow the disqualified person to hold party leadership.

Speaking at a press conference outside Supreme Court, he said that the bill is a violation of Article 62,63; and it was based on mala fide intentions.

“There is no precedent of such bills. It is clear the government has given a message to Supreme Court and army that we don’t accept Supreme Court’s decision,” he said.

The National Assembly passed the Elections Bill 2017. The bill was also ratified by President Mamnoon Hussain. A controversial clause in the bill allows politicians disqualified from holding public office to lead political parties.

Enraged opposition members protested the passing of the bill and tore copies of it after it was presented by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.

Members of the opposition also chanted slogans against Nawaz Sharif.

Moreover, the amendment to the bill presented by the Jamaat-e-Islami was rejected by the assembly.


Parliamentary parties to restore electoral nomination papers in original form

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has directed all the parliamentary parties to vote for an amendment in Election Reforms Bill 2017 to restore electoral nomination papers in original form.

Speaking at a press conference along with the parliamentary party leaders, Sadiq said that an amendment to Election Reform Act 2017 will be tabled in the assembly tomorrow. The speaker said: “It is a clerical error. There is no big deal to make a correction on any wrong, the nomination paper will be restored in its original form.”

The press conference was held after a meeting of the parliamentary leaders with Sadiq on the issue.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the National Assembly’s rules of procedure will be relaxed tomorrow to bring an amendment in the House.

“It is a very sensitive issue. People of Pakistan are very anxious on the development and it should be resolved as soon as possible.”

“We have also recommended the government to review clause 203 as well,” Qureshi added.

Representing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in the press conference, Law Minister Zahid Hamid also confirmed the press that the oath will be restored to its original form.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam(Fazl) leader Akram Durrani said that the government assured his party that not a single change will be made in the nomination paper.

“I said it in the assembly that this is a very sensitive issue which should not be delayed.”

Earlier, as the assembly passed the amended elections bill 2017 to pave the way for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to become the president of his political party once more, reports had surfaced that the government had inadvertently replaced “I take an oath” with “I believe” on the oath taken by parliamentarians