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In an unexpected development, PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz — who had been declared disqualified from holding public office by the Supreme Court of Pakistan after being found in contempt of court — on Wednesday withdrew his plea against the disqualification verdict.

He was unwilling to share his reason for the decision.

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The apex court had held the outspoken PML-N leader in contempt on June 28 and sentenced him till the rising of the court.

The sentence rendered him disqualified from contesting elections for a period of five years under Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution, which states: “[…] a person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if­ he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction…unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release”.

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