LAHORE .: Leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) finalised on Friday the names of candidates for three divisions of Punjab during their central parliamentary board meeting.
Friday’s meeting which was chaired by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif gave the final nod to Obaidullah Khan Shadikhel who will contest polls against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan from NA 71 constituency in Mianwali.
Besides Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Sardar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa and other senior leaders attended the crucial party meeting. The parliamentary board resumed its meeting after two days as Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was not available to attend the meeting.
Allocation of party tickets was finalised for Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Sahiwal divisions.
Nawaz, who filed nomination papers from NA 68 constituency in Sargodha, has not yet decided whether to contest election from this seat. Sources cited Nawaz as telling the parliamentary board not to finalise his name for the time being. Nawaz is also contesting from NA 120 Lahore.
The PML-N has not yet decided who it will field against Sheikh Rashid in NA 55 Rawalpindi. Currently, the party’s ex-MNA Shakeel Awan is seen as a hot candidate.
Defeating Imran Khan in Mianwali
Nawaz discussed in detail how to defeat Imran Khan from NA 71 -Mianwali. According to some of participants, there were two candidates aspiring for PML-N ticket, Obaidullah Khan Shadikhel and Malik Fawad the younger brother of PPP’s former MNA Nawabazad Malik Amad Khan from NA 71.
The party unanimously decided to field Obaidullah Shadikhel against Imran Khan.
It is pertinent to mention that Shadikhel was defeated by Imran Khan in 2002 election, but he has publically said a number of times that he was defeated by the intelligence agencies.
PML-N final list of candidates for various constituencies of Punjab
NA 50 Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
NA 51 Chaudhry Riaz or Raja Ikhlas
NA 52 and NA 53 Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
NA 54 Malik Ibrar
NA 56 Hanif Abbasi
NA 57 Sheikh Aftab
NA 64 Syed Aminul Hasnat
NA 65 Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha
NA 66 Hamid Amin
NA 67 Dr Zulfiqar Bhatti
NA 68 Sardar M Shafqat Hayat (if Nawaz Sharif does not contest from here)
NA 69 Sumaira Malik
NA 70 Malik Shakir Bashir Awan
NA 71 Obaidullah Shadikhel
NA 72 Humair Hayat Rokhri
NA 73 Abdul Maj