Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Lahore or Islamabad?: Nawaz Sharif consults PML-N leaders over his return   


ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif has started consultations with his party leaders for his return before the next general elections, ARY NEWS reported.

According to sources, backdoor discussions are ongoing with the elder Sharif for holding early elections and Nawaz Sharif has put forward condition that level playing field should be given to all political parties and their leaderships before the polls.

“Nawaz Sharif consulted party leaders regarding his return and asked if he should return to Lahore or Islamabad,” they said, adding that a majority suggested that he should land in Islamabad where the party leads a federal government while some asked him to land in Lahore which is considered a stronghold of the party.

Moreover, the sources having knowledge of the backdoor discussion said that Imran Khan is being asked to show some leniency with regard to his demand for changing chief election commissioner before the elections.

On June 30, a report stated that senior leadership of the PML-N has advised party supremo Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan to take control of the matters as the party faced a blowback after losing control of Punjab province to rival PTI.

According to sources having knowledge of discussions within the party, the senior PML-N leadership have made contact with Nawaz Sharif and mulled over ways to restore the standing of the party in the country, especially in Punjab province.

“The senior leaders advised Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan and lead the party,” they said, adding the meeting reached a consensus that the party lost in by-polls owing to worst economic conditions and inflation.


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