Constitution of PML(N)

Constitution of PAKISTAN MUSLIM LEAGUE -N
December, 1996
(Revised 2002)


Central Secretariat

PAKISTAN MUSLIM LEAGUE -N
Islamabad

THE CONSTITUTION OF PAKSTAN MSULIM LEAGUE-N

S. No Article Page No.
Preamble 1-2

CHAPTER1- INTRODUCTORY

1. Name of the Party 3
2 Aims and objectives ”
3. Party Flag 4

CHAPTER-II-CENTRAL ORGANISATION

4. Organisation 5
5. Qualification for Membership ”
6. Office Bearers 6
7. Electoral College 7
8. Election of Office Bearers ”
9. Eligibility for Re-Election ”
10. Resignation of Officer Bearers ”
11. Powers of the President ”
12. Acting President 8
13. Vacancy of the Office of President ”
14. The Secretary General ”
15. The Convention 9
16. Time and Venue of Session ”
17. Quorum 10
18. Functions of the Convention ”
19. The Council ”
20. Ex-Officio Members 11
21. Terms of Office ”
22. Attendance Fee ”
23. Meetings of the Council ”
24. Requisition for Meeting 12
25. Prior Notice of the Meeting ”
26. Agenda of the Meeting ”
27. Quorum for PML Council ”
28. Functions of the Council ”
29. Delegation of Power 13
30. The Central Working Committee ”
31. Functions of the Working Committee 14
32. Powers of the Working Committee 15
33. Delegation of Power 16
34. The Central Parliamentary Board ”
35. Functions of the Central Parliamentary Board 16
36. Specialized Wings 17

CHAPTER-III PROVINCIAL ORGANISATION

37. Provincial Organisation 18
38. Composition of the Provincial Council 19
39. Electoral College ”
40. Functions of the Provincial Muslim League Councils ”
41. Delegation of Power 20
42. Term of Office ”
43. Meetings of the Council ”
44. Membership Fee 21
45. Quorum ”
46. Office Bearers ”
47. Term of Office ”
48. Powers of the Provincial President ”
49. Acting President 22
50. Vacancy of the Office of President ”
51. Duties of the General Secretary ”
52. Other Functionaries 23
53. Provincial Working Committee ”
54. Functions of the Provincial Working Committee ”
55. Provincial Parliamentary Boards 24
56. Functions of Provincial Parliamentary Boards 25
57. Provincial Election Authority ”
58. Functions of Provincial Election Authority ”
59. Provincial Election Tribunal ”
60. Islamabad Federal Capital Muslim League 26
61. Northern Areas Muslim League ”
62. FATA Muslim League “

CHAPTER-IV- LOCAL ORGANISATION

63. District Muslim League 27
64. City Muslim League ”
65. Council of City Muslim League ”
66. Office Bearers 28
67. Working Committee ”
68. Divisional Coordination ”
69. Tehsil and Town Muslim Leagues ”
70. Composition of Tehsil/Town Muslim League Council 29
71. Meetings ”
72. Membership Fee ”
73. Office Bearers of Tehsil/Town Muslim League 30
74. Working Committee ”
75. Union Council Muslim League 30
76. Primary Muslim League 31
77. Office Bearers of Primary Muslim League ”
78. Working Committee of Primary Muslim League “

CHAPTER-V- OVERSEAS ORGANISATION

79. Overseas Branches 32
80. Organizational Structure ”
81. Membership ”
82. Affiliation ”
83. Organizing Committee 33
84. Representation on Central Bodies “

CHAPTER-VI- ELECTIONS

85. Secret Ballot 34
86. Central Election Supervisory Commission ”
87. Provincial Election Authority ”
88. District Election Authority ”
89. Electoral College 35
90. Bye-Election ”
91. Settlement of Election Disputes “

CHAPTER-VII- FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS

92. Membership Fee 36
93. Accounts of Income ”
94. Deposit in Bank ”
95. Operation of Accounts ”
96. Distribution of Funds ”
97. Annual Statement of Finance and Accounts 37
98. Audit of Accounts ”
99. Submission of Accounts to Election Commission ”
100. Accounts of Overseas Branches ”
CHAPTER-VIII- MISCELLANEOUS

101. Amendment of Constitution 38
102. Decision by Majority vote ”
103. Powers to make rules ”
104. Removal of Difficulty ”
105. Office Bearers to hold office till elections ”
106. Membership of Muslim League Parliamentary Party ”
for Independent Members
107. Ethic and Discipline Committee 39
108. Definitions 40


Constitution
Pakistan Muslim League-N
PREAMBLE

WHEREAS, at the turn of this century as the Muslims of India stood economically impoverished, politically isolated, disorganised, and demoralised a well meaning group of Muslim leaders assembled in Dacca on 30th December. 1906 and decided “that a political Association be formed styled All
India Muslim League”;

WHEREAS, the Muslim League adopted its definite ideology and creed in 1912 and defined its aims and objectives as under:-

1. Full responsible government of India with adequate and effective safeguards for Muslims.
2. To protect and advance the political, religious and other rights and interests of Muslim India.
3. To promote friendship and Union between the Muslims and other communities of India.
4. To maintain and strengthen brotherly relations between the Muslims of India and those of other countries”.

WHEREAS, in 1936 when the federal scheme of government enshrined in the Government of India Act of 1935 threatened the vital interests of Indian Muslims, the Muslim League under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was transformed into an effective political vehicle for aspirations of Muslim India.

WHEREAS, the historic resolution of 1940 and the emergence of an independent state, 7 years later is a testimony to the resolve and resilience of the Party as well as the calibre and dedication of its leadership;

WHEREAS, after partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, the Council of All India Muslim League in its last meeting held in Karachi December 14-15, 1947 resolved:

“The Council now calls upon Muslims of Pakistan and all other loyal citizens of the state to work for an ideal, democratic state based on social justice as an upholder of human freedom and world peace in which all its citizens will enjoy equal rights and be free from fear want and ignorance”.
WHEREAS, it further resolved:

(1) That in place of the All-India Muslim League there shall be separate Muslim League organisations for Pakistan and the Indian Union.

(2) That all members of the Council of the All-India Muslim League for the time being who have become ordinarily residents of the territories comprised by Pakistan, or have settled therein, and all Muslim members of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly who are primary members of the Muslim League do hereby constitute the Council of Pakistan Muslim League”

WHEREAS, gradual political decline of Pakistan Muslim League unleashed undemocratic forces in the country resulting in repeated imposition of Martial Law, political moral and economic stagnation and ultimately disintegration of the country;


WHEREAS, upon lifting of restriction on political association in 1985, men and women dedicated to the ideals for which Pakistan was achieved undertook to rekindle the ideas and ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and his worthy colleagues and re-established the Pakistan Muslim League;

WHEREAS, rapid popularity of Pakistan Muslim League in successive elections and resurgence of popular support for its ideals has now made it the largest political party of the country;

NOW THEREFORE, we the inheritors of the traditions of Muslim League and its political ideals, through the Council of Pakistan Muslim League, recommit ourselves through this Constitution which is reflective of our desire to realize the dreams of our forefathers and make Pakistan an ideal Islamic democratic state based on social justice, as an upholder of human freedom and world peace, in which all citizens will enjoy equal rights and be free from want, ignorance and fear.


CHAPTER – I

INTRODUCTORY

Name

1. The party shall be called Pakistan Muslim League (N).

Aims And Objectives

2. The aims and objectives of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) shall be:

(i) To safeguard and preserve the sovereignty and integrity and to uphold the ideology of Pakistan;
(ii) To uphold and protect the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
(iii) To ensure:-

(a) that the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice as enunciated by Islam are fully observed and enforced in Pakistan;
(b) that the Muslims of Pakistan are enabled to order their lives in the individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings and requirements of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and the Sunnah;
(c) that the fundamental rights including, equality of opportunity and before law, social, economic and political justice, and freedom ‘of thought, expression, belief, faith, worship and association, are guaranteed to all citizens of Pakistan,
(d) that the legitimate interests of minorities are fully safeguarded and they are free to profess and practice their religion;
(e) that special and generous treatment shall be accorded to backward sections of population with a view to accelerate their educational, economic and social progress;
(f) that the independence and impartiality of the judiciary are fully secured and maintained ; and
(g) that practical steps are taken to advance the moral, material, social, economic and cultural life of the nation with a view to enable the people of Pakistan to attain their rightful and honoured place amongst the nations and make their full contribution towards peace, prosperity and progress of humanity.

(iv) to establish and maintain friendly relations with other peace loving nations of the world and specially to strengthen fraternal relations and solidarity with other Muslim States;

(v) to promote the cause of peace, freedom, justice and democracy throughout the world; and
(vi) to take practical steps from time to time for the achievement and furtherance of these aims.
(vii) Members of PML (N) shall uphold the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and shall not undermine the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan public order to public morality or indulge in corrupt practices or terrorism and shall not promote sectarian regional or provincial hatred or animosity.

Party flag:

3. The flag of Pakistan Muslim League shall be green, with a crescent and a star in the middle, as adopted by the All India Muslim League.


CHAPTER – II

CENTRAL ORGANISATION

Organization

4. The Pakistan Muslim League (N) shall be a popular and democratic organisation.

5. The organization of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) shall consist of :-

(i) The Convention of the Pakistan Muslim League constituted under Article 23;
(ii) The Council of Pakistan Muslim League as constituted under Article 29;
(iii) The Central Working Committee of Pakistan Muslim League as constituted under Article 44 ;
(iv) The Central Parliamentary Board of the Pakistan Muslim League under Article 53;
(v) The Provincial Muslim Leagues as constituted and affiliated to Pakistan Muslim League under Article 61;
(vi) Islamabad Federal Capital Muslim League as constituted under Article 89, 90;
(vii) The District and City Muslim League and their branches as constituted under Articles 95 and 96;
(viii) Specialized Wings of Pakistan Muslim League as constituted under Articles 55-59;
(ix) Northern Areas Muslim League Under Article 92, 93;
(x) Muslim League FATA (as and when constituted).
(xi) Overseas Branches of the Pakistan Muslim League as constituted and affiliated to Pakistan Muslim League under Articles 114-119.

Qualifications for membership

6. Membership of the Pakistan Muslim League shall be open to all adult citizens of Pakistan who are not members of any other political organisation declared as such by the Working Committee of the Pakistan Muslim League and that he/she. (i) signs a declaration that he/she is in agreement with the aims and objects of the Pakistan Muslim League and will abide by its rules and constitution and (ii) pays the prescribed subscription in advance.

7. Only members of the Pakistan Muslim League will be eligible to become office bearers of different tiers of the Party.

8. The triennial subscription for the membership of Primary Muslim League as determined periodically by the CWC shall expire on the last day of December, every third year irrespective of the date of enrolment;

8A. The membership fee of the party will be Rs. 12/- per year and the party will issue membership card to each member of the party.

Office-Bearers

9. There shall be the following office-bearers of the Pakistan Muslim League:

(a) Chairman
(b) President
(c) Senior Vice Presidents as may be necessary
(d) Vice Presidents as may be necessary
(e) Secretary General
(f) Additional Secretary Generals
(f) Chief Co-ordinator
(h) Finance Secretary
(i) Information Secretary
(j) Overseas Organization Secretary
(k) Joint Secretaries as may be necessary


Chairman will perform such functions as the President and CWC may assign him to perform.

The President may ask one or more Vice Presidents to serve as Senior Vice President. He may also appoint other Secretaries for specific subject.

“The President may ask one of the Senior Vice President to act as Acting President.”

9A. “No person will be appointed or serve as an office bearer of the party if he/she is not qualified to be or disqualified from being elected or chosen as member of majlis shoora (Parliament),” under article 62 & 63 of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan except for the condition of Graduation.

Electoral College

10. The President of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) and all central office bearers shall be elected by the Pakistan Muslim League Council.

Election of Office-bearers

11. The party leader and other office bearer at Federal/Provincial /local levels should be elected through secret ballot based on democratic and transparent system according to the procedure laid down by Central Working Committee.

Eligibility for Re-election

12. All office-bearers of the Pakistan Muslim League shall hold office till the next election and shall be eligible for re-election.

Resignation

13. An office-bearer may resign from his office and such resignation may be addressed to the President or Secretary General of the Pakistan Muslim League.

Powers of the President

14. (a) The President of the Pakistan Muslim League shall be the Head of
the entire organization, shall exercise all the powers inherent in his
office and shall see that the office bearers and organizations work
consonance with the Constitution of the Pakistan Muslim League and any bye-laws adopted under the Constitution.
(b) President may nominate any member of party as office bearer(s) of the party as defined in article 9 till the election for the respective office(s) is held.


Acting President

15. During the temporary absence or illness of the President, the President may nominate one of the Senior Vice Presidents or Vice Presidents to perform his functions for that period;

Provided that the powers of forming, expanding, reshuffling or reconstituting the Working Committee of Pakistan Muslim League or of nominating members of the Council under Article 29(i), shall not be exercisable by the Vice President when acting as President.

Vacancy of the Office of President

16. If the office of the President falls vacant due to death or resignation or any other reason before the expiry of the term of his office, it shall be duty of the Secretary General to convene within seven days a meeting of the Central Working Committee to elect an acting President and fix a date for the meeting of the Council of PML within 45 days of the occurrence of the vacancy to elect the President.

The Secretary General

17. The Secretary General shall exercise all the powers delegated to him by the President, Working Committee or the Council of the Pakistan Muslim League.

18. The Secretary General shall exercise all the powers and discharge all duties laid down and incidental to the enforcement of these rules and generally to his office.

19. The Secretary General shall appoint and supervise the work of the staff of the Central Secretariat of the Pakistan Muslim League.

20. The Secretary General shall have the authority to grant leave of absence with or without pay to staff and the authority to punish or suspend them but all cases of dismissal shall be reported to the Central Working Committee.

21. The Secretary General, in case of emergency and relating to the matters not affecting the fundamental principles of the Constitution of the Pakistan Muslim League, may with the approval of the President, take such action on behalf of the Central Working Committee as he deems expedient; provided that any action so taken shall be reported to the Central Working Committee at the next meeting for confirmation.

21(A). Secretaries assigned different functions shall assist the Secretary General and perform such duties under his guidance as may be entrusted to them.
21(B) Secretary General with the approval of President shall issue agenda for the regular CWC meeting at least 10 days before the date of the meeting.
21(C). During his temporary absence or illness the Secretary General with the consent of the President may delegate his power(s) to the Additional Secretary General.

Chief Coordinator

22. Chief Co-ordinator shall supervise the mobilisational and organizational development of the party in consultation with the President, provincial Muslim Leagues/ wings.
The Convention

23. The Convention of the Pakistan Muslim League shall consist of the following:
(a) The Members of the Pakistan Muslim League Council;
(b) The Members of the Provincial Muslim League Councils;
(c) The President and General Secretary of a District and City Muslim League;
(d) Three delegates nominated by each District and City Muslim League Council;
(e) 20 delegates nominated by Muslim League Northern Areas and 20 delegates nominated by Muslim League FATA as and when constituted;
(f) The President and General Secretary of Overseas Branches of Pakistan Muslim League in each country or their nominees; and
(g) Other persons invited by the President provided the persons invited are members of the Muslim League.


Time and venue of Session

24. A session of the Convention of the Pakistan Muslim League may be held at such time and place as the Working Committee or the President of the Pakistan Muslim League may determine.

25. Every member of the Convention shall pay a fee of Rs.50 before attending a session, or any fee determined by CWC from time to time.

Quorum

26. The quorum for a session of the Convention shall be one fourth of the total membership.

Functions

27. The Convention shall periodically review the affairs of Pakistan Muslim. League and recommend measures to strengthen the party.

28. The Central Working Committee of the Pakistan Muslim League shall act as a Subject Committee to frame and adopt resolutions to be placed before the Convention.

The Council

29. The Council of the Pakistan Muslim League shall consist of the following:

(a) 340 members elected by the Council of Punjab Provincial Muslim League.
(b) 135 members elected by the Council of Sindh Provincial Muslim League.
(c) 110 members elected by the Council of NWFP Provincial Muslim League.
(d) 40 members elected by the Council of Baluchistan Provincial Muslim League.
(e) 15 members elected by the Council of Islamabad Federal Capital Territory Muslim League.
(f) 10 members nominated by Muslim League Northern Areas.
(g) The Presidents and General-Secretaries of the Provincial Muslim Leagues and the Islamabad Federal Capital Territory Muslim League.
(h) The Office-bearers of the Pakistan Muslim League, including Presidents and General Secretaries of Specialized Wings at the federal and provincial levels.
(i) 100 members nominated by the President to provide adequate representation to special interest groups.
(j) Such number of members nominated by Muslim League FATA as may be allocated to it as and when it is constituted.
(k) The President and General Secretary of Overseas Branches of Pakistan Muslim League in each country.

Ex-officio Members

30. The Members of the Parliament who belong to the Pakistan Muslim League Parliamentary Party shall be ex-officio members of the Pakistan Muslim League Council.

Term of Office

31. Duration of the membership of the Pakistan Muslim League Council shall be 3 years, but members would continue to serve in the Council until new members are elected to replace them.

32. The President shall, twelve months before the expiry of the term of the Council, notify the date by which the constituent bodies should elect their representatives to the Council of Pakistan Muslim League.

33. In case a Provincial Muslim League Council fails to elect their representatives within the prescribed period, the Working Committee of Pakistan Muslim League shall have the power to nominate members from the defaulting Province.

Attendance Fee

34. Every member of the Pakistan Muslim League Council shall pay, in advance, a fee of Rs. 100, before attending a session or any fee determined by CWC from time to time.

Meetings of the Council

35. (a) The Pakistan Muslim League Council shall meet at the discretion
of the President, provided that he shall convene at least one
meeting in every calendar year.
(b) President Pakistan Muslim League shall convene special meeting of the PML council at any time to discus party organizational as well as other matters.

Requisition for Meeting

36. A special meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League Council shall be convened if the Secretary General receives a written requisition signed by one third of the total membership, stating the purpose for which the meeting is required to be convened. The requisitioned meeting shall be convened within 30 days of the receipt of such requisition, failing which the members requisitioning the meeting shall be entitled to convene the meeting themselves.

Prior Notice of the Meeting

37. The Secretary General shall, not less than 20 days prior to the ordinary meetings and 10 days prior to special meeting, issue to each member a notice stating the time and place of the meeting. A press announcement to that effect shall also be made by the Secretary General.

Agenda of the meeting

38. The agenda of every ordinary meeting shall be issued at least 10 days before the meeting, provided that this period may be curtailed by the President in special circumstances.

39. The Members must notify the Secretary General 3 days before the meeting, if they want to table a resolution giving the text of the same.

40. The President may with the consent of the Council permit the discussion of a subject even though the requirement of notice has not been fulfilled.


Quorum

41. One third of total membership shall form the quorum of a meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League Council.


Functions of the Council

42. The Pakistan Muslim League Council shall perform the following functions:

(a) To elect the Central office-bearers of the Pakistan Muslim League as provided in Articles; 10 and 11;
(b) To amend the Constitution of the Pakistan Muslim League;
(c) To consider and pass resolutions with regard to all matters, arising from time to time, relating to the aims and objects of the Pakistan Muslim League; and
(d) To affiliate, suspend, dissolve or disaffiliate a Provincial Muslim League, or Islamabad Federal Capital Muslim League or an Overseas Branch.

Delegation of Powers

43. The Council may delegate any one or more of its powers to the Central Working Committee, the President or any other office bearer of the Pakistan Muslim League with such limitations and conditions as it may deem fit to impose.

THE CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE

44. The Working Committee of Pakistan Muslim League shall consist of not less than 15 and not more than 40 members. It shall be nominated by the President from among the members of the Pakistan Muslim League Council. The President shall nominate at least 12 members of the Working Committee within 30 days of his election. He shall have the power to expand, reshuffle or reconstitute the Working Committee or replace any particular member thereof whenever he deems necessary.

45. All office-bearers of the Pakistan Muslim League along with the Presidents and General Secretaries of Provincial Muslim Leagues and Islamabad Capital Muslim League, FATA and Northern Areas Muslim Leagues and specialized wings shall be ex-officio members of the Working Committee.

46. A person who ceases to be a member of the Pakistan Muslim League Council shall cease to be a member of the Working Committee.

47. The Working Committee shall meet at least once every three months and as often as the President desires.

48. One third members excluding the office-bearers shall form a quorum for a meeting of Working Committee.

49. All resolutions of Working Committee shall be placed before the Pakistan Muslim League Council for information.

Functions of the Working Committee

50. The Working Committee shall be the principal executive organ of the Pakistan Muslim League and shall perform the following functions:

(i) To consider and pass resolutions and to take necessary steps with regard to matters arising from time to time relating to objective of the Pakistan Muslim League and to ensure that these are not inconsistent or at variance with the creed or policy of the Pakistan Muslim League or any resolution passed by the Convention or the Council of Pakistan Muslim League;
(ii) To take all necessary steps for giving, effect to resolutions passed at a session of the Convention or a meeting of the Council or of the Working Committee;
(iii) To appoint from time to time and supervise the activities of sub-committees or subsidiary bodies for carrying out such duties and functions as may be entrusted to them, such as to deal with the affairs connected with the finances and organisation of the Pakistan Muslim League, its affiliated branches and its various wings, advancement of the party’s aims and objectives and attend to the political challenges faced by Pakistan Muslim League;
(iv) To approve the annual budget and to authorize payments in accordance with it and to appoint auditors;
(v) To sanction all payments not included in the Budget;
(vi) To employ and dismiss staff and to determine their emoluments;
(vii) To collect and consider all information necessary and useful with reference to the aims and objectives of the Pakistan Muslim League;
(viii) To ensure that Muslim League Parliamentary Parties are established to function actively ‘m various legislatures of the country; and
(ix) To perform such other functions as the Convention or the Council may empower it to perform.


Powers of the Working Committee

51. The Working Committee shall have the power:

(a) To control, direct and regulate all activities of the various Provincial Muslim Leagues, Islamabad Federal, Capital Muslim League, Northern Areas and FATA Muslim League and Overseas Branches of Muslim League and specialized wings in consonance with the aims, objects, rules and declared policy of the Pakistan Muslim League;
(b) To take disciplinary action against any member of the Pakistan Muslim League who violates the decisions of the Pakistan Muslim League or acts m contravention of its aims and objectives, and also to hear appeals against the decisions of any other subsidiary body;
(c) To suspend, dissolve or dis-affiliate any Provincial, District or City Muslim League which fails in its duties or ignores the decisions or directions of the Working Committee or the Pakistan Muslim League Council or acts in contravention of such decisions or directions or hinders the progress of the Pakistan Muslim League any manner whatsoever subject to a right of appeal to the Council of Pakistan Muslim League;
(d) To take disciplinary action against any office-bearer or wing or organization affiliated to or forming part of the Pakistan Muslim League which falls in its duties, ignores the decisions or directions of the Working Committee or the Pakistan Muslim League Council or acts in a manner prejudicial to the interest of the Pakistan Muslim League, subject to a right of appeal to the Pakistan Muslim League Council; and
(e) To appoint a Central Election Commission to organize and conduct elections in accordance with the relevant provisions in Part-VI. The Commission shall consist of three members, two of whom shall be from a Province other than the one in which elections are being held.
(f) Any amendment to the constitution of PML shall be first passed by 2/3rd majority of present and voting members of CWC and shall be placed before PML council in its special/annual meeting for final approval by 2/3rd majority of present voting members.

Delegation of Powers

52. The Working Committee may delegate any of its powers to the President or Secretary General of the Pakistan Muslim League with such limitations and restrictions, if any, as it may deem fit to impose.

The Central Parliamentary Board

53. (i) There shall be a Central Parliamentary Board consisting of upto 20
members to be constituted by the Central Working Committee.

Note: If at any time the Central Parliamentary Board is not formed or fails to function, the Working Committee of Pakistan Muslim League shall perform all the duties and functions till such time as the Central Parliamentary Board is duly formed.
(ii) The President of Pakistan Muslim League shall be ex-officio Chairman of the Board, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League Parliamentary Party and Provincial Presidents shall be ex-officio members of the Board. A member of the Board shall be nominated to act as its Secretary.

Functions of the Board

54. The Central Parliamentary Board shall perform the following functions:

(a) To select in consultation with the respective Provincial Parliamentary Boards candidates for general election or a bye-election to the seats in the Parliament;
(b) To ensure that Provincial Parliamentary Boards are properly constituted in every province;
(c) To supervise and control the activities of the Provincial Parliamentary Boards;
(d) To hear and decide finally all appeals against the decisions of the Provincial Parliamentary Boards;
(e) To approve rules and bye-laws framed by the Provincial Parliamentary Boards;
(f) To frame bye-laws for the Central Parliamentary Board;
(g) The Central Parliamentary Board may delegate any of its powers to the Chairman to be exercised ‘in case of emergency and with such limitations as may be considered necessary;
(h) Five members shall form the quorum of a meeting of the Central Parliamentary Board.

Specialized Wings

55. President Pakistan Muslim League shall nominate, from amongst the members of PML Council, one person as President of each specialized wing of the Muslim League, and to head the central co-ordination committee of that wing. He shall also appoint, on the recommendations of the President of the Wing, the Vice President, the General Secretary and any other office bearer in the Wing, if required.

56. The Co-ordination Committee of each specialised wing will consist of Presidents and General Secretaries of respective wings from each province, Islamabad Federal Capital, Northern Areas and FATA (as and when organised).

57. Presidents and General Secretaries of all the specialized wings of a Provincial Muslim League will be appointed by the President of the respective Provincial Muslim Leagues on the recommendation of the President of that wing.

58. The Provincial Presidents of a specialised wing, will in consultation with the District Muslim League, appoint the Presidents and General Secretaries of that wing in all the Districts of their respective provinces.

59. The Presidents and General Secretaries of the Specialized Wings at the Centre and the Provinces will be ex-officio members of PML Council and the Provincial Councils respectively.

CHAPTER-III

THE PROVINCIAL ORGANISATION

Provincial Muslim League

Provincial Organisation

60. For each Province of Pakistan there shall be a Muslim League to be known as Provincial Muslim League and the area to be served by a Provincial Muslim League shall be co-extensive with the area of the Province for which it is constituted.

61. The organization of the Provincial Muslim League shall consist of :

(i) Provincial Muslim League Council.
(ii) Working Committee of the Provincial Muslim League.
(iii) Provincial Muslim League Parliamentary Board.
(iv) Provincial Muslim League Election Tribunal.
(v) District Muslim League.
(vi) City Muslim League.
(vii) Tehsil Muslim League.
(viii) Union Council Muslim League.
(ix) Primary Muslim League.
(x) Women Wing.
(xi) Youth Wing.
(xii) Lawyers Wing
(xiii) Trade and Industry Wing.
(xiv Labour Wing.
(xv) Ulema Mashaikh Wing.
(xvi) Peasant Wing.
(xvii) Minorities Wing.
(xviii) Any other Wing conducive to attain the objectives of PML.

Provisions relating to the local organisations listed at No.(v) – (ix) above appear in Chapter IV (Article 95 to 113). Provisions relating to organisations listed at No. (x) to (xviii) above are listed in Chapter-II (Articles 55 to 59).

Provincial Council

63. (i) The Council of the Provincial Muslim League in each Province
shall consist of members as shown below:

(a) Punjab 600
(b) Sindh 300
(c) NWFP 250
(d) Baluchistan 100
(e) Federal Capital Pakistan Muslim League 50
(f) Northern Areas 50
(g) FATA (when organised) 50

(ii) 30 members nominated by the President of a Provincial Muslim League after his election to provide adequate representation to women, labour, youth or any other interest group. Presidents and General Secretaries of specialized wings in each province shall be ex-officio members of the respective Provincial Councils.
(iii) All members of the Parliament who are members of Muslim League shall be ex-officio members of the Provincial Muslim League Council of the Province to which those members belong.
(iv) All members of Provincial Assemblies who are member of Muslim League shall be ex-officio members of the Council of the Provincial Muslim League of the Province concerned.

Electoral College

63. The Members of the Provincial Muslim League Council shall be elected by the Councils of City and District Muslim Leagues according to the numbers of seats allocated for each District and City Muslim League by the Working Committee of the Provincial Muslim League, keeping in view the population of each District and City.

Functions of the Provincial Muslim League Councils

64. The Councils of the Provincial Muslim Leagues shall perform the following functions:
(1) to elect Provincial office-bearers and members of the Council of the Pakistan Muslim League from the province concerned;
(2) to consider and pass resolutions with regard to all matters arising from time to time to carry out the purposes and aims and objects of the Pakistan Muslim League;
(3) to affiliate, suspend, dissolve or dis-affiliate any local organisation specified under Article 61.

Delegation of Power

65. The Council may delegate any one or more of its powers to the Provincial Working Committee, the President or any other office bearer of the Provincial Muslim League with such limitations and conditions as it may deem fit to impose.

Term of Office

66. The term of the office of the members of the Council shall be three years but members will continue to serve until members of the Council are elected.

Meetings of the Council

67. (i) The Council of a Provincial Muslim League shall meet at the discretion of the Provincial President, provided that he shall convene at least one meeting in every calendar year.

(ii) The General Secretary of the Provincial Muslim League shall, in consultation with the Provincial President, announce the date, time and place of the meeting of the Council and shall issue an agenda at least 7 days before the date of the meeting.

68. One third of the total members of the council may requisition the meeting for a special purpose. The General Secretary of the party shall convene the meeting within thirty days of the receipt of such notice or ‘m case of the failure, the requisitionists may convene the meeting themselves.

69. A two-day notice before the date of the meeting of the Council shall be required by a member of the Council to move a resolution in the meeting of the Council.

Membership Fee

70. Every member of the Provincial Council shall pay Rs.50/- as annual subscription or as determined by the Provincial Working Committee, from time to time. A member who has not paid this subscription shall not be entitled to participate in the meeting of the Council.
Quorum

71. One-third of the total members of the Council shall form the quorum.
Office-Bearers

Officer bearers

72. The following shall be the office-bearers of the Provincial Muslim League:

(1) President one
(2) Vice Presidents As may be necessary
(3) General Secretary one
(4) Information Secretary one
(5) Finance Secretary one
(6) Joint Secretaries As may be necessary

The Provincial President may ask one or more Vice Presidents to serve as Senior Vice President. He may also appoint a Chief Organizer to undertake organizational work of the Party, whenever necessary. In addition to the Information Secretary and Finance Secretary, the Provincial Working Committee may appoint other secretaries for different functions and one or more Additional General Secretaries, if necessary.

Term of Office

73. Every office-bearer shall hold office for a term of three years. He may resign from his office by a letter addressed to the President or the General Secretary. The vacancy in the office bearers shall be filled by the Working Committee of the Province concerned.

Powers of the Provincial President

74. The President of a Provincial Muslim League shall be the Head of the Provincial organization in the Province concerned and shall exercise all the powers inherent in his office and shall see that all the authorities in the Province of his, jurisdiction work in consonance with the Constitution of the Pakistan Muslim League, rules and bye-laws.

Acting President

75. During the absence or illness of the Provincial President, the President may nominate one of the Vice Presidents to perform the functions of the President; Provided that the powers of forming, expanding, reshuffling or reconstituting the Working Committee of the Provincial Muslim League or of nominating members of the Provincial Council, shall not be exercisable by any of the Vice Presidents when acting as President.

Vacancy of the Office of President

76. If the office of the Provincial President falls vacant due to death or resignation before the expiry of the term of his office, it shall be the duty of the General Secretary to convene the meeting of the Council within seven days to elect the new President within 45 days of such vacancy.

Duties of the General Secretary

77. The General Secretary shall exercise all the powers delegated to him by the Working Committee or, as the case may be the Council of the Provincial Muslim League. The General Secretary shall exercise all powers and discharge all the duties laid down by and incidental to the enforcement of the Constitution and generally to his office.

78. The General Secretary shall supervise the work of the staff of the Provincial Muslim League Secretariat.

79. The General Secretary shall have the authority to grant leave of absence with or without pay to the staff and the authority to punish or suspend them, but all cases of dismissal shall be reported to the Working Committee.

80. In case of emergency and in the matters not affecting the fundamental principles of the Constitution, the General Secretary may, with the approval of the President, take such actions on behalf of the Provincial Muslim League as he deems expedient. Provided that any action so taken shall be reported to the Provincial Working Committee at its next meeting for confirmation.

Other Functionaries

81. All secretaries assigned different functions and the Joint Secretaries shall assist the General Secretary and perform such functions under his guidance as may be entrusted to them. During the absence or illness of the General Secretary, the President may nominate one of the Joint Secretaries to act as General Secretary.

Provincial Working Committee

82. The Working Committee of the Provincial Muslim Leagues shall consist of no less then 12 and not more than 40 members. It shall be nominated by the President of the respective Provincial Muslim Leagues from amongst the members of the concerned Provincial Muslim League Council. The President of the respective Provincial Muslim League shall nominate at least 12 members of the Working Committee within 30 days of his election. He shall have the power to expand, reshuffle or reconstitute the Working Committee or replace any particular member thereof whenever he deems necessary. All the office-bearers of the respective Provincial Muslim League shall be ex-officio members of the Working Committee of the respective Provincial Muslim Leagues. The Working committee shall meet as often as the President of the Provincial Muslim League desires and at least once in every three months. One third members excluding the office-bearers shall form a quorum for a meeting of the Working Committee. All the resolutions of Working Committee shall be placed before the Provincial Muslim League Council for information.

Functions

83. The Working Committee shall be the principal executive of the Provincial Muslim League and shall perform the following functions:

(1) To consider and pass resolutions and to take necessary steps with regard to matters arising from time to time’ relating to objectives of the Provincial Muslim league and to ensure that these are not inconsistent or at variance with the creed or policy of the Pakistan Muslim League or any resolution passed by the Council of Pakistan Muslim League;
(2) To take all necessary steps for giving effect to resolutions passed at a session of the Council or the Working Committee;
(3) To appoint from time to time and supervise the activities of sub-committees or subsidiary bodies for carrying out such duties and functions as may be entrusted to them, such as to deal with the affairs connected with the finances and organisation of the Provincial Muslim League, its affiliated branches and its various wings, advancement of the party’s aims and objectives and attend to the political challenges;
(4) To suspend, dissolve or disaffiliate any District/City Muslim League or their subsidiary organisations or wings, which fall in their duties or violate the decisions or directions of Provincial Muslim League or Pakistan Muslim League, subject to a right of appeal to the President PML;
(5) To take disciplinary action against any member of the Muslim League who violates its decision or acts in contravention of the aims and objects and to hear appeals against the decision of any other subsidiary body;
(6) To approve the annual budget and to authorise payments in accordance with it and to appoint Auditors;
(7) To sanction all payments not included in the budget;
(8) To nominate members of the Provincial Parliamentary Board and the Provincial Election Authority;
(9) To collect and consider all information necessary and useful with reference to the aims and objectives of the Provincial Muslim League;
(10) To perform such other functions as may be entrusted by the Council.

Provincial Parliamentary Boards

84. There shall be a Provincial Parliamentary Board consisting of upto 12 members to be nominated by the Working Committee of the Provincial Muslim League Council on the recommendations of the Provincial President. The President of the Provincial Muslim League shall be an ex-officio Chairman of the Parliamentary Board. The Leader of the Assembly party shall be ex-officio member of the Parliamentary Board. The Board shall elect its own Secretary.

Functions

85. The Parliamentary Board shall perform the following functions:

(a) To select the candidates for the Provincial Assemblies of the concerned Province in consultation with the respective district office bearers of the party.
(b) To recommend names of the candidates for election to the Parliament in consultation with respective district office bearers of the party for the consideration of the Central Parliamentary Board.
(c) To see that Muslim League Parliamentary Parties are established in the Provincial Assemblies.
(d) To frame rules and bye-laws for the Provincial Parliamentary Board. The Provincial Parliamentary Board may delegate any of its powers to the Chairman to be exercised in the case of urgency, subject to such limitations as may be deemed necessary.
(e) One third members of the Provincial Parliamentary Board shall form the quorum of the meeting.
(f) Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Provincial Parliamentary Board may prefer an appeal to the Central Parliamentary Board.

Provincial Election Authority

86. Working Committee of the Provincial Muslim League may appoint a Provincial Election Authority consisting of 5 members.

Functions

87. The functions of the Provincial Election Authority shall be:

(a) to supervise the Party elections at all tiers in a Province;
(b) to frame bye-laws for its working.

Provincial Election Tribunal

88. The Working Committee of the Provincial Muslim League shall appoint a Provincial Election Tribunal which may consist of a Chairman and two members. The Provincial Election Tribunal shall hear appeals and petitions against the election to any tier of the party in a Province.

ISLAMABAD FEDERAL CAPITAL MUSLIM LEAGUE

89. For the Islamabad Capital Area there shall be Muslim League known as Islamabad Federal Capital Muslim League and the area to be served by the Federal Capital Muslim League shall be co-extensive with the area of the Federal Capital.

90. The Council of Federal Area Muslim League shall consist of 50 members to be elected by the Council of District Muslim League and City Muslim League in the following manner:

District Muslim League (Rural) 25
City Muslim League (Urban) 25

91. All the provisions of the Constitution relating to the Provincial Muslim League in Chapter-III and Local Organisations in Chapter-IV, shall mutatis mutandis apply in case of Islamabad Federal Capital Muslim League as far as applicable.

NORTHERN AREAS MUSLIM LEAGUE

92. The Council of Northern Areas Muslim League shall consist of 50 members.

93. The provisions of the Constitution relating to the Provincial Muslim League and Local Organisations shall mutatis mutandis apply in case of the Northern Areas Muslim League.

FATA MUSLIM LEAGUE

94. The provisions relating to the Provincial Muslim League shall mutatis mutandis apply to the FATA Muslim League as and when constituted.

CHAPTER – IV

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS

District Muslim League

95. The Council of the District Muslim League shall consist of the representatives of the Tehsil and Town Muslim Leagues. Every Tehsil or Town Muslim League shall elect 20% of its members up to a maximum of 10, as members of District Muslim League Council

City Muslim League

96. In all the Municipal Corporations and Municipal Committees, City Muslim Leagues shall be formed. The Working Committee of a Provincial Muslim League shall have the power to allow the formation of more than one City Muslim League considering the density of population of a big city. City Muslim Leagues in a Municipal Corporation will be directly under the Provincial Muslim League. Other City Muslim Leagues will work under their respective District Organisations.

Council of City Muslim League

97. The Council of the City Muslim League shall consist of elected representative of the Primary Muslim League who shall be elected as follows:
for first 200 primary members, one Councilor and for every 200 members one additional Councilor. The elected Councilor of a Municipal Committee or Corporation who are members of Pakistan Muslim League, shall be ex-officio members of the Council of the City Muslim League.

Office Bearers

98. The following shall be the office-bearers of a District or City Muslim League:

(1) President one
(2) Vice President As may be necessary
(3) General Secretary one
(4) Finance Secretary one
(5) Information Secretary one
(6) Joint Secretaries As may be necessary
(7) Office Secretary one

Working Committee

99. The President of the District or City Muslim League as the case may be, shall nominate a Working Committee consisting of 25 members. The office-bearers of the District and City Muslim Leagues shall be the ex-officio members of the Working Committee. There shall be at least one meeting every three months.

Divisional Co-ordination

100. Where District Leagues within a particular division find it necessary, a Divisional Co-ordination Committee consisting of the Presidents and General Secretaries of the District Muslim Leagues, can be formed with the approval of the Provincial Working Committee to co-ordinate party activities within the Division. The Committee will elect its own convenor. Even in Divisions where such a co-ordination mechanism is set up, the District Muslim League will continue to work directly under the supervision of Provincial Muslim League.

Tehsil and Town Muslim Leagues

101. There shall be a Tehsil Muslim League ‘in each Tehsil. Similarly there shall be a Muslim League in every Town which has a Town Committee in a notified area. All Tehsil and Town Muslim Leagues shall be affiliated to the District Muslim League. The Provincial President may also authorize the setting up of PML units on a provincial constituency basis instead of a Tehsil.

102. The Tehsil and Town Muslim League shall supervise the activities of the Primary Muslim Leagues within their respective territorial jurisdiction, and shall be authorised to affiliate or dis-affiliate the Primary Muslim Leagues. Any Primary Muslim League aggrieved by the decision of the Tehsil Muslim League shall have the right of appeal to the Working Committee of the District Muslim League.

Composition of Tehsil/Town Muslim League Council

103. The Council of the Tehsil/Town Council shall consist of the elected representatives of the Primary Muslim Leagues who shall be elected as follows:
For upto two hundred Primary members, one Councillor, and for every additional 200 members or part thereof, one Councillor, upto a maximum of five Councillors for one Primary Muslim League.

Meetings

104. The Tehsil/Town Muslim League Council shall meet as often as the President desires, but shall meet at least three times in a. calendar year. The quorum of the meeting of the Council shall be one fifth of its total membership.

105. One tenth of the total members of the Tehsil/Town Council may requisition a meeting of the Council for a definite purpose which shall be stated in the Requisition Notice. The General Secretary of the Tehsil/Town Muslim League shall be bound to summon the meeting of the Council within fifteen days of the receipt of the notice. If the General Secretary fails to do so, the members requisitioning the Council meeting shall have the right to summon the meeting.

Membership Fee

106. Every Councillor of the Tehsil/Town Council shall pay Rs.20/- as annual subscription to the Tehsil/Town Muslim League, failing which he shall not be allowed to attend the meeting of the Council.

 Office-Bearers of Tehsil/Town Muslim League

107. (i) The Council of the Tehsil/Town Muslim League shall elect the
following office-bearers from amongst its members:

(1) President one
(2) Vice Presidents (as may be necessary)
(3) General Secretary one
(4) Financial Secretary one
(5) Information Secretary one
(6) Joint Secretary (as many as necessary)


(ii) The election of the office bearers shall take place in a meeting of
the Council.

Working Committee

108. (i) The President of the Tehsil and Town Muslim League shall, within
ten days of his election, nominate the Working Committee consisting of fifteen members out of the members of the Council. All the office bearers of the Tehsil/Town Muslim League shall be ex-officio members of the Working Committee.

(ii) The quorum of the meeting of the Working Committee shall be
one third members excluding the office-bearers. There shall be at least one meeting every three months.

Union Council Muslim League

109. In case of large villages, which constitute a Union Council, the Union Council Muslim League will be the Primary League, subject to the provision in para 111. In cases, where one Union Council has several Primary Muslim Leagues, the Union Council Muslim League will constitute a higher tier and will be organised in accordance with the provisions ‘m para 108.

Primary Muslim League

110. There shall be a Primary Muslim League in every:

(1) village where there are at least 200 members of the Muslim League. A Primary Muslim League may initially be started with 50 members only. The Working Committee of the District Muslim League may allow more than one Primary Muslim League in a village or more than one villages to be grouped together to form a Primary Muslim League; and

(2) ward of a city having at least 200 members of Muslim League. A Primary Muslim League may initially be started with fifty members only. The Working Committee of the City Muslim League may allow more than one Primary Muslim Leagues in a ward.

Office-Bearers of Primary Muslim League

111. The following shall be the office-bearers of a Primary Muslim League:

(1) President one
(2) Vice President As may be necessary.
(3) General Secretary one
(4) Finance Secretary one
(5) Information Secretary one
(6) Joint Secretary As may be necessary.
(7) Office Secretary one

112. Every member of the Primary Muslim League shall be the member of its Council. The Council shall elect the office-bearers of the Primary Muslim League.

Working Committee of Primary Muslim League

113. The President of the Primary Muslim League in consultation with other office bearers shall nominate his Working Committee consisting of 15 members. The office-bearers of the Primary Muslim League shall be ex-office members of the Working Committee. There shall be at least one meeting every three months.

CHAPTER – V

OVERSEAS ORGANISATION

Overseas Branches

114. The Pakistan Muslim League shall have its branches in all such countries where fifty or more members of PML reside permanently. More than one country may form a joint branch ‘m exceptional circumstances with prior approval of Secretary General PML. Notwithstanding the provision in Article 6, foreign passport holders who were born in Pakistan, will also be eligible to become members of an overseas branch.

Organisational Structure

115. PML branches can be set up in each city with 50 or more PML members. Such branches, apart from electing their own office bearers will also elect one councillor for every 50 members to the council of the PML at the country level. This council will elect the office bearers for the country level branch of the PML. In other matters all overseas branches will function on the pattern of a Provincial Muslim League and, for that purpose, the provisions of the relevant Articles shall, mutatis mutandis apply. Variations may be made to suit local conditions with the approval of Secretary General PML.

Membership

116. Membership fee in each country will be fixed periodically by its Council, which will also determine the manner in which these funds are utilized.


Affiliation

117. All Overseas branches shall be affiliated with the central organisation of Pakistan Muslim League and shall function under its control and supervision.

Organizing Committee

118. In countries, where a PML branch does not exist or in countries in which the branch needs to be re-organized, the President of Pakistan Muslim League may appoint an Organizing Committee to establish or re-organize the Overseas branch of the Party and to hold elections at the appropriate time.

Representation on Central Bodies

119. The President and General Secretary from each Country shall be ex-officio member of the Council and the Convention of PML and shall have the power to nominate another member to represent them ‘m the Convention but not in the Council.


CHAPTER – VI

ELECTIONS

Secret Ballot

120. (a) The Pakistan Muslim League shall hold party elections at all levels
in a free and fair manner and by secret ballot. As far as possible, efforts will be made to achieve the objective of election by consensus.
(b) The party will hold election after expiry of 3 years term from the date of previous elections at Central/Provincial/Local levels through secret ballot.
(c) Eligibility: Any member of the electoral college may contest election for the offices for which electoral college is constituted.

Central Election Commission

121. Elections of Office-bearers of the Pakistan Muslim League at the national level shall be organized and conducted by the Central Election Commission.

122. The Central Election Commission shall consist of five members appointed by the CWC prior to each election. The existing office bearers of PML and the candidates for an election shall not be eligible to become members of the Commission.

Provincial Election Authority

123. The Provincial Election Authority nominated by the Provincial Working Committees shall organize and conduct election of office-bearers of the Provincial Muslim League. It shall consist of five members of which at least two shall be from outside the Province concerned. The existing office-bearers of Provincial Muslim League and the candidates for an election shall not be eligible to become members of the authority.

District Election Authority

124. The District Election Authority shall organize and conduct elections at the District and local level. Each such Commission consisting of five members shall be appointed by the Working Committee of the respective Provincial Muslim League and at least two of its members shall be from out-side the District concerned. The existing office-bearers of Provincial and Central Muslim League and the candidates for any District and local organisation of the party shall not eligible to become members of the Commissions.

Electoral College

125. The President of Pakistan Muslim League shall be elected by the Council of Pakistan Muslim League and the President of a Provincial Muslim League shall be elected by the Council of Pakistan Muslim League concerned.

Bye-Election

126. All casual vacancies arising in the ranks of the office-bearers shall be filled by the concerned Working Committee subject to subsequent confirmation by the Council of respective Muslim League.

Settlement of Election Disputes

127. The Working Committee concerned shall appoint an Election Tribunal for hearing of appeals and petitions against election to the respective organisations of Muslim League.

128. Each Election Tribunal shall consist of one Chairman and two members.

129. A Tribunal shall regulate its own procedure for hearing and disposal of appeals and petitions relating to election as expeditiously as possible.

CHAPTER – VII

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS

Membership Fee

130. Every Provincial Muslim League shall pay to the Pakistan Muslin League ten percent of its income from the membership fees.

Accounts of Income

131. All fees received from members of the Convention and -the Council as well as donations and contributions collected from time to time shall be accounted for properly as income of the Pakistan Muslim League.

Deposit in Bank

132. The funds of the Pakistan Muslim League shall be deposited ‘m the name of Pakistan Muslim League with a bank approved by the Working Committee.

Operation of Accounts

133. The Finance Secretary shall be authorised to operate the Bank account of PML jointly with any other office-bearer nominated by the President.

Distribution of Funds

134. (a) Funds collected through the enrolment fee of the membership shall
be distributed amongst the Primary Muslim League, Union Council Muslim League, Tehsil Muslim League, City Muslim League, District Muslim League and Provincial Muslim League, in accordance with the instructions issued from time to time by the Provincial Muslim League.
(b) No donation, contributions or funds (in any form) will be accepted from multi national or domestically incorporated public or private company, firm, trade or professional associations. Party will only accept donations from party workers and Pakistani citizens.

Annual Statement of Finance and Accounts

135. Proper account of income and expenditure shall be maintained by the respective Finance Secretaries for a fiscal year at the Central, Provincial and Local level and the annual statement of finance and accounts shall be presented to the Working Committee concerned within two months of the close of financial year (July to June).

Audit of Accounts

136. The General Secretary shall arrange audit of the accounts periodically and the report of audit shall be presented to the Working Committee concerned along with the Annual Statement of Finance and Accounts.

Submission of Accounts to Election Commission

137. The Finance Secretary of the Pakistan Muslim League shall submit the statement of Finance and Accounts to the Working Committee for approval before its submission to the Election Commission of Pakistan as required by the Political Parties Rules, 1986.

Accounts of Overseas Branches

138. (a) The provisions of Article 130 to 137 shall also apply to the
finances and accounts of the Overseas Branches of PML Subscription fee shall be decided by each Branch and fluids thus generated shall be utilized locally.
(b) Party will not receive/accept aid or contribution, financial or otherwise, from any government or political party of a Foreign Country or any portion of its funds from Foreign national.


CHAPTER – VIII

MISCELLANEOUS

Amendment of Constitution

139. The Constitution of Pakistan Muslim League (N) may be amended by the Council of Pakistan Muslim League by at least two-third majority of the members present and voting on the recommendation of CWC, which will approve the proposed recommendations by at least two third majority members and voting.

Decisions by Majority Vote

140. All matters shall be decided by majority of votes, provided that if division is demanded at a session, the voting shall be recorded in accordance with the number of members allocated to the provinces under the Constitution.

Powers to make rules

141. The President shall, with the approval of the Central Working Committee, make rules for carrying’ out the purposes of the Constitution.

Removal of Difficulty

142. If any difficulty arises ‘in giving effect to any of the provisions of the Constitutions, the President of Pakistan Muslim League may make such provisions for the removal of the difficulty as he may deem fit.

Office-bearers to hold Office till Election

143. If the term of an office-bearer, a member of a Committee or any other body of PML expires, he shall continue to perform his duties as such till his successor in office is elected, or as the case may be, nominated by the competent authority.

Membership of Parliamentary Party for Independent Members

144. Independent Members of the Parliament or Provincial Assemblies may become members of the Muslim League Parliamentary Party in the Parliament or as the case may be, in a Provincial Assembly by signing a pledge to the effect that they shall abide by the decisions or orders of the Parliamentary Party of Pakistan Muslim League from time to time.

145. If any dispute arises between member and party on Principal or aims and objectives of the party, the matter will be referred to 3 members committee constituted by the Party President or the Working Committee.

Performance Reports.

146. All central office bearers and Provincial Organizations shall forward performance report to the Party President every quarter for presentation to CWC through Secretary General. Likewise, all district organizations and provincial office bearers shall present performance report to respective Provincial President for presentation to Provincial Working Committee through respective General Secretary.
Ethic and Discipline Committee

147. (a) There shall be a national and provincial level Ethics and Discipline
Committee
(b) Respective President shall nominate 5 members committee to be headed by a senior member in consultation with respective working committee.
(c) Functions:
(i) ” The committee will perform functions of ensuring that the activities of office bearers at all levels are discharged in accordance with the constitutions of the party and with honesty in light of directions given by the CWC. ”
(ii) Respective President or Working Committees may refer complaint against any office bearer of the party to respective ethic and discipline committee for investigation and recommendations to respective president for action.

148. Any member of the party shall have the right to get a copy of any proceeding/document of the party after paying requisite fee as decided by party from time to time.

149. (i) No office bearer of the party will hold govt. and party offices at a
time.


150. A member or group of member of the party may nominate in writing any other member/group of the party as delegate to represent him or them and cast his/their vote in party meeting:

” Provided that the so nominated member/members must be the member of that forum. The nominator must inform the party President and Secretary General/General Secretary in writing with his signature 5 days prior to the meeting with the name/names of the delegate.”

Definitions

151. In this Constitution,

(a) “Article” means an Article of the Constitution of Pakistan Muslim League,
(b) “President” means the President of Pakistan Muslim League referred to under Article 14.
(c) “Clause” means clause of the Article of this Constitution.
(d) “Constitution” means the Constitution of Pakistan Muslim League,
(e) “Local organisation” means a branch of Pakistan Muslim League established in a district or a city and organisations under it.
(f) “Overseas Branch” means a branch of Pakistan Muslim League established in a foreign country in accordance with Part V.
(g) “Part” means part of this Constitution.
(h) “Citizen” means a citizen of Pakistan as defined by the Citizenship Act, 1952.
(i) Members, means Pakistani Citizen including overseas Pakistani those living abroad with Pakistan origin and who possess valid party membership card.

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