Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz faces no deadline or timeframe to take oath as a member of the National Assembly (MNA) after her election on Sunday.
Neither the constitution nor the rules of procedure and conduct of business in the National Assembly fix any time limit for her or any other elected lawmaker to be sworn as legislator.
Article 65 of the constitution says a person elected to the national or provincial assembly or the Senate shall not sit or vote until he has taken the oath in the form set out in the third
Sections 6 and 7 of the rules of procedure and conduct of business in the National Assembly say an elected person shall, before taking his seat, make oath. There shall be a roll of members which shall be signed by everyone after making the oath.
Section 69 says the first hour of every sitting, after the recitation from the Holy Book, and taking oath by members, if any, shall be available for asking and answering of questions. Kulsoom’s return to Pakistan is uncertain due to her treatment in London.
However, her stay there for any length of time will not affect her election to the National Assembly. Obviously, she will take oath as the MNA immediately after she will fly back into
A close aide of Sharif and special assistant to the prime minister on political affairs told the accountability court yesterday that Kulsoom was scheduled to undergo another surgery in the next couple of days. Therefore, an exact date for her return to Pakistan cannot be ascertained.
He also said that Sharif and other members of the family were in Britain to be with her. He was not sure when they will come back. When Kulsoom will appear in the National Assembly, the first thing she will do will be to take oath.
She had not herself filed her nomination papers with the returning officer of NA-120 and some Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders had done this. Even before the start of the election campaign, she left for London where she was first diagnosed with throat
Later, doctors detected that it was blood cancer. Because of her absence from Pakistan, she could not take part in the campaign even once. Her husband also departed from Britain and could not participate in the canvassing. The job was left to their daughter, Maryam.
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