Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Central Vice President Amir Muqam on Thursday withdrew his candidacy for NA-4 Peshawar in favour of PML-N provincial information secretary Nasir Khan Mosazai.
“The party has taken all decisions for general and reserved seats on merit,” Muqam said at a press conference at his residence. “It is reviewing [some] decisions, keeping in view the wishes of its workers.”
Muqam said he withdrew in favour of Mosazai after consulting party leadership. However, he will be contesting the 2013 polls on a PML-N ticket from NA-30 Swat-II.
He said PML-N is also reviewing its decision for PK-81 from where Sheharyar Amir Zeb will now contest on behalf of the party. “It is our joint responsibility to support the party’s nominees in the general elections so that we can emerge as a strong political force,” said Muqam.
Commenting on seat adjustments, he said the PML-N is still negotiating with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). “However, no progress has been made so far. Political parties should keep in mind ground realities before holding negotiations for seat adjustment.”
Muqam said the party will finalise its candidates by April 8, adding: “But till then, our doors are open for entering into any alliance with any interested party. After April 8, no alliance will be possible.”
He said the PML-N opposes any ban on women participating in elections and will try to ensure they get to exercise their right to vote in all areas, including Kohistan. “The party will not enter into any alliance with parties who oppose women voting,” he said.
In response to a question, Muqam voiced his plurality and said every person, including former president Pervez Musharraf, has the right to contest elections.
Nasir Khan Mosazia, PML-N’s candidate for NA-4, said he will jointly campaign with Haji Siffat, the party’s candidate for PK-11, adding both will try their best to meet expectations.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2013.