Parliament makes way for Sharif to head party

Kalsoom Nawaz discharged from hospital

The former Prime Minister had earlier appeared before the accountability court last week.

Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid moved the bill before the parliamentarians amid uproar by the opposition lawmakers who saw it as a move to benefit a single individual - Nawaz Sharif.

The PML-N leaders will hold a meeting of its general council to elect a new party president - a day after central working committee approved an amendment to the party's constitution, paving Nawaz's way to lead the party.

The bar is, however, being removed through the Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 passed by the National Assembly on Aug 22 and the Senate, with some amendments, a month later on Sept 22.

An Islamabad anti-corruption court which is hearing the corruption cases against Sharif and his family has already fixed October 9 as the date for their indictment.

Even though Sharif appeared, his children and son-in-law were a no-show prompting the judge to issue non-bailable arrest warrants against them so that they appear before the court.

Sharif had relinquished the position of PML-N chief after his ouster from power under the July 28 verdict of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.

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The bill will be later sent to President Mamnoon Hussain and it will be a part of the law after his approval.

During the hearing, his lawyer Khawaja Haris argued that all of the accused in the case have to appear in court before an indictment can take place.

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau is set to indict former prime minister in the accountability court in three corruption and money laundering cases involving his family's offshore properties on Monday.

He said Sharif would be formally re-elected president in a session scheduled for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that all the hurdles in electing Nawaz Sharif as a party president are cleared.

Earlier, there had been reports that the ousted prime minister would fly to London on Thursday to be with his wife, Kulsoom, who has been undergoing treatment for throat cancer at a private hospital in London.

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