Bill approved limiting the disqualification of MPs to a maximum of 5 years

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A view of the session of the National Assembly in progress with Chairman Raja Pervez Ashraf presiding, on April 10, 2023. — Twitter/NAofPakistan
A view of the session of the National Assembly in progress with Chairman Raja Pervez Ashraf presiding, on April 10, 2023. — Twitter/NAofPakistan

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Sunday amended the law limiting a parliamentarian’s disqualification to a maximum of five years, paving the way for those barred for life from holding public office.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) chief Jahangir Khan Tareen will be among those benefiting from the move.

The Supreme Court had disqualified both senior politicians in June and December 2017 respectively, after finding them “unfair” under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.

The Senate — the upper house of parliament — had earlier this month approved the bill to amend Section 232 (Qualifications and Disqualifications) of the Electoral Act, 2017.

With Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed President Arif Alvi out of the country for the hajj, Senate President Sadiq Sanjrani has taken the lead as acting president and chances are they will soon pass the bill. Geo news learned.


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