PML-N manifesto ‘barring’ Nawaz from heading party | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz will amend its manifesto to remove parts added by dictators, said Minister of State for Interior Affairs Talal Chaudhry on Monday.

While talking on Geo News’ show Capital Talk, Talal said the clause which bars a disqualified minister from heading the party was added in their party manifesto by General (retd) Pervez Musharraf when he was in power.

The party manifesto is said to be the “only hurdle” in former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s way to head the party as the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 passed on September 22 paves the way for him to do so.

When asked why members of Pakistan Peoples Party were absent from the assembly when the bill was being passed, party leader Sassi Palejo said the 37 votes would not have been possible had PPP not been active in the voting process. “It was us who had created the strength for these many number of votes.”

Nawaz’s return

About Nawaz’s return to the country despite knowing he could evade punishment during his absence, Talal said the former premier has returned to fulfil the promise he made to the people during his GT Road rally.

However, he added, they were not sure on who had created the confusion of Nawaz intending not to return to Pakistan.

“We have to date not been able to find out who leaks photos or matters pertaining to the Whatsapp call,” Talal said.

As mentioned on the show, Nawaz’s decision to return to Pakistan was not sudden as he had informed the incumbent premier, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, about it earlier, on September 17.

Even Federal Minister for Commerce Pervaiz Malik said on September 20 that Nawaz would return to the country to appear before the court. 

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