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No deadline for Kulsoom to take oath as MNA: ECP
By Tariq Butt December 08, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has told the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s ailing wife, Begum Kulsoom, faces no deadline to take oath as member of the National Assembly after her election in September.

The PTI has written a letter to the ECP, seeking its response for how long an MP-elect can hold the office without attending the parliamentary sessions.

The ECP told the PTI in writing that Kulsoom can remain MP-elect for any length of time, and there is no constitutional or legal bar on her.

However, the ECP letter said that she can’t attend the National Assembly sessions or take part in voting in it without taking oath as lawmaker under article 65 of the Constitution.

Kulsoom was elected in the by-poll to NA-120 Lahore seat that fell vacant due to the Supreme Court-imposed disqualification of Sharif as the prime minister and a member of the National Assembly.

Even before the Sept.17 polling, she left for London due to her ailment. She was later diagnosed with throat cancer.

She has been operated upon thrice and is currently attending different session for recovery from the disease. Since then, she is in Britain.

At the time, her two sons, Hussain and Hassan had accompanied her to London and they are staying with her since then.

Sharif continues to shuttle between Pakistan and Britain for this purpose.

Three days back, Sharif and his daughter Maryam also left for London to be with Kulsoom.

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