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

By: | Published: October 3, 2017 12:17 PM

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.

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League, Scandal, Sharif, Pakistan, Ruling partyPakistan’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. (Image: IE)

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.

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