PTI moves ECP against Maryam Nawaz’s appointment as PML-N VP

PTI moves ECP against Maryam Nawaz’s appointment as PML-N VP

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has filed a petition in the Election Commission of Pakistan against Maryam Nawaz’s appointment as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president.

The petition filed by Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Bokhari, Kanwal Shauzab and Javeria Zafar states that Maryam Nawaz is ineligible to hold any political or public office, so her appointment as a PML-N vice-president is in contradiction with the constitution and law of the land.

In July 2018, an accountability court announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference, sentencing Maryam to seven years for abetment after she was found "instrumental in concealment of the properties of her father" and one year for non-cooperation with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). She was disqualified from contesting polls after being convicted.

However, in January, the apex court upheld an Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict that had ordered the suspension of prison sentences awarded to Maryam and her father.

Last week, Maryam was made one of the 16 vice-presidents of the party along with Hamza Shehbaz. Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was appointed as senior vice president of PML-N, while Ahsan Iqbal was made general secretary.

Marriyum Aurangzeb was retained as secretary information and the party's spokesperson, while former finance minister Ishaq Dar has been made president of the party's International Affairs Committee.