Islamabad (November 6, 2017): The huddle of ruling party PML-N has decided that the Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif will be the strongest candidate of premiership if Nawaz Sharif ousted from electoral process.
The party meeting was held with the chair of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad and was also attended the senior party leaders.The issues of Accountability of Sharif family, party affairs and ailment of Begum Kalsoom Nawaz were came under discussion. The speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has briefed the meeting regarding consultation with other political parties over delimitation.
Talking to media Khawaha Saad Rafique, accompanied with other party leaders, said that PML-N wanted to hold next election in time and they are in touch with political parties in this connection.“Shahabaz Sharif will be the strong candidate of Prime Minister if Nawaz Sharif could not take part in next general election,” he revealed.
Talking on the occasion Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, rejected calls for early elections and said the assemblies will be dissolved on June 5, 2018, after completing their constitutional tenure.
“Pakistan is a democracy and the only NRO in the existing in the country is the one in the hands of the people.The interior minister further said all political parties of the country had agreed that the provisional results of the census would be used to hold the next general elections and it is not possible to conduct next year’s elections on the results of the 1998 census.
He said it would be unfair to the smaller provinces if the elections are held on the results of the ’98 census.
Iqbal added that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will start preparing for the general elections after the passing of a Constitution amendment on November 10.Again rubbishing the talk of early elections, the interior minister reiterated that political parties of the country need to accept the provisional results and move forward as there is no chance of early elections.
The interior minister elaborated that according to the provisional results, nine seats will be lessened from Punjab’s share while KP will gain 5 seats. Balochistan will also gain 3 seats while Islamabad Capital Territory will also see an increase of a seat.