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SC verdict to strengthen Nawaz's narrative: PML-N leaders.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders have said the Supreme Court verdict in the Elections Act case will strengthen the narrative of Nawaz Sharif and that he would continue to call the shots for the party.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, while announcing its verdict on petitions challenging Elections Act 2017, ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 cannot serve as the head of a political party.

Speaking to media after the announcement of verdict, Marriyum said they expected a similar verdict from the apex court, adding that all decisions are being announced in defence of a "weak verdict" of Nawaz's earlier disqualification as prime minister on the basis of Iqama (employment contract).

She said that Wednesday's verdict by the apex court would strengthen the narrative of Nawaz Sharif and he would continue to have a say in the party.

Reacting to the verdict, Talal Chaudhry said Nawaz Sharif did not depend upon party leadership. "He is a popular leader, who has massive public support with him."

He maintained that the decision will not lead to minus-Nawaz proposition.

Chaudhry, however, said the parliament can make any legislation, contending that the constitution is also drafted by the parliament.

"It is, however, a separate thing if a whole new system is to be brought in Pakistan," he added.

In his response to the development, Rana Sanaullah said Nawaz Sharif is their leader and no decision could break their commitment to him.

The Punjab law minister said the party will "follow the line determined by Nawaz."

Rana explained that the former premier would be heading the PML-N parliamentary board and it does matter with whose signs tickets are issued to candidates.

"Whoever wants to be in the party will have to accept Nawaz as final authority," he said.

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Publication:Regional Times (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 22, 2018
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