Islamabad  - The Election Commission of Pakistan said on Thursday that Kulsoom Nawaz remains a member of the National Assembly despite not taking an oath.

The ECP clarified this in its response to a letter sent to the poll body by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) raising questions over the delay in taking the oath by Kulsoom Nawaz after winning NA-120 by-elections. The ECP said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife has been unable to take the oath due to her medical condition but still she is a member of the Parliament.

The ECP further explained that there was no deadline for an elected member to take the oath in national and provincial assemblies. However, it was mandatory for MNAs to take the oath to be allowed to attend and vote in the Parliament under Article 65 of the Constitution.

Kulsoom Nawaz has been battling lymphoma, a form of cancer since it was diagnosed in August. She is currently receiving treatment in London and has undergone three surgeries since August.