PPP withdraws candidates in favour of PML-N in Punjab by-polls

Decision surfaces after PML-N didn’t field its candidate for three seats of Sindh

Rameez Khan January 21, 2021


The Pakistan Peoples Party on Wednesday decided to withdraw its candidates from two seats of Punjab in the by-elections in favour of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidates.

The decision surfaced as a reciprocal of a ‘goodwill gesture’ of the PML-N who didn’t field its candidates for three provincial seats of the Sindh assembly.

According to a statement issued by the party, PPP Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira maintained the party leadership decided to support the candidates of the PML-N on the National Assembly and the provincial assembly seats of the province, NA-75 Daska (Sialkot) and PP-51 Wazirabad (Gujranwala district). 

In the statement, Kaira said the PML-N had announced its support for the three provincial assembly seats of Sindh. “We will jointly fight with the incompetent government [the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf government] on all fronts from the Pakistan Democratic Movement platform,” added the PPP leader.

Earlier, PPP Punjab chapter had urged the party leadership to convince PML-N to support its candidate in PP-51.

Unofficially, the PPP candidates Sumera Sahi was contesting for NA-75 and Ijaz Ahmad Saman for PP-51. However, the party had not issued official tickets to the contestants.

On January 13, the PML-N issued party tickets to Nousheen Iftikhar for NA-75 and to Tallat Manzoor Chema for PP-51. Meanwhile, the party also issued its ticket for PK 63 Nowshera III to Iftikhar Wali on Wednesday.

The PML-N general secretary had claimed that the party had the first right to field candidates on seats vacated after either death of their party’s parliamentarian or their runner-up candidates in the elections.

Both NA-75 and PP-51 fell vacant after the demise of the PML-N parliamentarians Syed Iftikharul Hassan Shah and Shaukat Manzoor Cheema in June and August respectively, while in Nowshera, PML-N candidate in general elections stood runner-up.


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