Kulsoom Nawaz to be made new PML-N president

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Referring to ongoing accountability of Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar along with Ishaq Dar, the PPP co-chairman said Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif also feared that he too will soon have to face the music. "They are trying to oust me from politics". The consequences of the court verdict could be worse for PML-N as ECP considered several options including one to bar the candidates named by Sharif or postpone the elections, according to the ECP statement.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said that India's recent success in worldwide diplomacy is more because of incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government's inefficiency than the neighbouring country's excellence on the diplomatic front, ARY News reported.

None of the participants suggested that the younger Sharif brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, should be made the party's president, the source claimed.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar ruled against the Elections Act 2017 passed by the parliament, which paved the way for Sharif to resume his position as party chief following his disqualification from public office in July past year.

Raza Ahmad Rumi, an editor at the Daily Times Pakistan, said while the decision "was not unexpected", it was "a miscalculation by [the] powers-that-be".

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Replying to a question, he said that the elections will be held on time.

Sharif said his family was being victimised in the name of justice.

Talking about the upcoming Senate Elections, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said unfortunately, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) didn't accept their appeal; therefore, the PML-N candidates would now contest the polls as independent candidates.

PML (N) which holds majority in the Parliament bulldozed a legislation previous year following Mr. Sharif's disqualification as the Prime Minister.

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