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ECP retains Chaudhry Shujaat as PMLQ’s chief, cancels intraparty election

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission Pakistan on Friday retained Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain as the party head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q. The top electoral body has also canceled PMLQ’s intraparty election announced by Shujaat’s rivals in the party.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain filed an application with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to stop intra-party elections.

Barrister Umar Aslam in his argument before the ECP said Kamil Ali Agha, who is PML-Q Punjab secretary-general chaired the party’s huddle illegally and announced intra-party elections.

As per rules, the provincial office-bearer of any political party does not enjoy such right over through party’s chief and central secretary-general.

He stated that the intra-party elections are scheduled for August 10 without the permission of the party president and secretary general.

The ECP after hearing arguments from the PML-Q lawyer suspended intra-party elections of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid and retained Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain as the party chief and Tariq Bashir Cheema as secretary-general.

Further hearing into the matter has been adjourned until August 16. The country’s supreme electoral body has ordered to maintain current status of PML-Q.

Speaking outside the ECP building, Chaudhry Salik Hussain revealed that Shujaat had decided to act against ten PMLQ MPAs in the Punjab Assembly who voted in favor of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi against his instructions as the party head.

Salik said that PMLQ Punjab Secretary General Kamal Ali Agha – who arranged the meeting on July 27 to remove Shujaat — had already been served a show-cause notice.

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