I will be prime minister if PML-N re-elected: Shehbaz

Says Nawaz was ready to award Nisar party ticket before fiery statements intensified situation

News Desk July 01, 2018
Shehbaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif has revealed himself as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for premiership if his party is elected to power in the upcoming elections.

In an interview to a private news channel, the PML-N president stated that he had been chosen by the party supremo and brother Nawaz Sharif for the executive post. When asked about the possibility of a change in candidature if niece Maryam Nawaz manages to win in the upcoming polls, Shehbaz was adamant that he would still be the prime minister.

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Speaking on the rift between Nawaz and party stalwart Chaudhry Nisar, the former chief executive reminisced that the two had remained friends for decades. “Nisar has always been a close aide of Nawaz. I wish their friendship had continued. It is unfortunate that they parted ways.”

On the issue of PML-N ticket, Shehbaz narrated that he had convinced Nawaz to award Nisar a PML-N ticket. “Although I was unaware if he would take it since he had not applied for the ticket nor had the parliamentary board considered him but I made a personal request to Nawaz who agreed with me,” he stated.

But before the ticket could be allotted, he added, there were some fiery statements which intensified tensions.

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