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‘Nawaz Sharif was not chosen to lead PML-N because of better political acumen’

CHAKRI: Estranged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar on Monday said that Mian Nawaz Sharif was chosen to lead the party not because of seniority or better political acumen but because of some “political elders’ wish”, ARY News reported.

Addressing supporters in Chakri town of Punjab province, Nisar maintained that PML-N formally started its political journey in the year 1993 and some political “elders” decided that Mian Nawaz Sharif should lead the movement “not because he was more capable or had strong political acumen” but because the elders decided on his name.

“I have lifted their political burden for 34 years. I am not indebted to them (Sharifs), rather they and their family are indebted to me,” said Nisar.

Nisar, who will contest general elections as an independent candidate, said that he wants to reveal how Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were running the party but will remain silent due to his former leader’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz’s deteriorating health.

He urged the people of the area to vote for him in large numbers to silence all his critics.

It is pertinent to note here that the former PML-N stalwart Chaudhry Nisar submitted his nomination papers as an independent candidate for four seats – two National Assembly and two Punjab Assembly seats.

The nomination papers were submitted with the Election Commission of Pakistan Rawalpindi office for NA-59 (Rawalpindi), NA 63 (Taxila) and Punjab Assembly’s PP-10 and PP-12.

The new constituency of NA-59 comprises areas such as Chakri, Chontra, Saddar Baironi, Adiyala, Rawat and other adjoining areas.

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