Maryam among 16 vice presidents, Abbasi named senior VP as Shahbaz restructures PML-N

PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif approved major changes to the party’s structure on Friday, with former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi being named the PML-N senior vice president and Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif, being appointed a vice president for the first time.

Shahbaz, who is currently in the United Kingdom, issued the names of the new party office-bearers after approval from his elder brother, PML-N supreme leader Nawaz, and consultation with other party leaders, PML-N sources said.

The development comes a day after Shahbaz stepped down as the Public Accounts Committee chairman and only hours after the Supreme Court turned down Nawaz’s appeal to extend his bail.

The restructuring of the party also sees Ahsan Iqbal, who was previously the party’s acting secretary general, being named the PML-N secretary general, and Hamza Shahbaz making it to the list of 16 vice presidents that also includes Maryam. Both Maryam and Hamza were previously named members of the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC).

The other 14 vice presidents include: Abid Sher Ali, Ayaz Sadiq, Chaudhry Barjees Tahir, Dr Darshan Lal Punchi, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Khurram Dastagir, Mian Javed Latif, Mohammad Zubair, Mushahidullah Khan, Nelson Azeem, Pervaiz Rasheed, Raheela Durrani, Rana Tanveer Hussain and Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan.

Former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who is facing a corruption reference for allegedly owning assets beyond known sources of income and is out of the country, has been appointed the president of international affairs, Marriyum Aurangzeb the information secretary, Pervez Malik the finance secretary, and Tariq Fatemi the secretary policy and research.

Baleeghur Rahman and Attaullah Tarar have been named deputy secretary generals and Abbas Afridi and Talal Chaudhry as the joint secretaries.

Former provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah has been appointed the president of PML-N Punjab, with Sardar Awais Leghari named as the general secretary, Hanif Abbasi the senior vice president, Khawaja Salman Rafique vice president and Azma Bukhari information secretary, among others, of the provincial chapter.

Miftah Ismail has been named the general secretary of PML-N Sindh and Ali Akbar Gujjar the senior vice president.

Salman Ali Khan has been announced as the president of PML-N Karachi and Nasir ud Din Mehmood the general secretary.

The PML-N has also named a 13-member Economic Advisory Council with the following as its members:

  • Shahbaz Sharif
  • Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
  • Ishaq Dar
  • Ahsan Iqbal
  • Khawaja Asif
  • Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh
  • Mohammad Zubair
  • Miftah Ismail
  • Ayesha Ghaus Pasha
  • Mushahid Hussain Syed
  • Musaddik Malik
  • Ali Pervez Malik
  • Bilal Azhar Kiyani

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