LAHORE - Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has asked National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to ensure presence of requisite number of PML-N members in the lower house on Tuesday (today) when a bill to strike down the earlier passed law on his holding the party president office will be tabled by the Opposition side.

Media reported that the former prime minister, through telephone, asked the speaker that the numerical strength of the party legislators should necessarily be enough in the House today to outvote passage of the bill which aims at scrapping amendment made in the clause 203 of the Electoral Reform Bill 2017 on October 2 last to allow a disqualified person become head of the party.

The bill in question has already been passed by the Senate and the Opposition parties are active to get the same through the lower house to defeat the previous legislation so that Nawaz Sharif should once again be denuded of the party top office on the basis of Supreme Court awarded disqualification to him in Panama leaks case.

Media reports say the treasury holds majority in the National Assembly yet it is worried about the presence of the requisite number of PML-N MNAs today since reports are rife about 70 members of the treasury not in sync with the party decision on Nawaz Sharif headship. The Opposition parties on the other hand, have directed their members to ensure their presence in the house today to get the bill passed.

 

 

LONDON VISIT

Former prime minister Sharif did not fly to London yesterday. Media reported that Nawaz Sharif deferred the plan to travel to London where his spouse is under treatment for her cancer problem and her condition was stable. Reports said Nawaz Sharif will address a public meeting in Quetta on December 2 on the invitation of PkMAP leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai whose party is also partner of the PML-N in Balochistan and the Centre.