Preparing for elections: PML-N tests performance in Punjab division

Published: September 16, 2012
Surveys carried out to suggest ways of improving the party’s performances in mentioned divisions. PHOTO: FILE

Surveys carried out to suggest ways of improving the party’s performances in mentioned divisions. PHOTO: FILE


The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday began an internal assessment of its performance in three divisions of Punjab in order to prepare for the upcoming general elections.

Sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune a high- level party meeting at the Raiwind residence in Lahore on Saturday, presided over by Nawaz Sharif, assessed the reports of three different surveys of Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur and Sahiwal divisions, which termed the PML-N’s performance well below par to that of other areas of the province.

Some party members have been assigned the task of carrying out the recommendations drawn up so far. According to sources, the surveys were carried out to suggest ways of improving the party’s performances in the mentioned divisions. They were conducted by the Special Branch of the Punjab Police, private authorities and by the party itself to evaluate the performance of PML-N office bearers who were nominated for these divisions.

The mandate of the Special Branch of the Punjab Police was to check the performance of PML-N lawmakers in the divisions and to evaluate whether they were involved in the embezzlement of development funds. The survey conducted by the private authorities was to counter-check the report of the Special Branch and to keep a watch on differences, if any, among PML-N office bearers. The mandate of the party’s survey was to visit those constituencies where the PML-N has no representation and to search for a candidate to contest the elections for the constituencies on the PML-N’s ticket.

According to the facts, out of the 39 in the National Assembly allocated to Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur and Sahiwal divisions, the party currently holds 9 seats, while the Pakistan Peoples Party holds 23 seats, the PML-Quaid has 6 seats and PML-Functional has one seat.

The party’s survey teams have also succeeded in negotiating with potential candidates from other political parties for the mentioned divisions. The sources added that Nawaz has given the go-ahead to the members of the committee who conducted the survey to finalise their negotiations with the candidates to join the PML-N.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Sep 16, 2012 - 10:46AM

    “Special Branch”? PMLN’s party assessment tool? or taxpayer-fed public organization?
    No wonder our intelligence failures are mounting – with Special Branch (Police Intel Wing) busy in making political assessments for the rulers.
    Doesn’t this nation need “Pity”?


  • Blithe
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:52AM

    Good that they have woken up to this!!!

    A bit slow off mark …but better late than never.


  • Nasir Ali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:55PM

    Good work by pmln before elections


  • Awans
    Sep 16, 2012 - 2:00PM

    In Dera Ghazi Khan and Dera Ismail Khan where Baloch live they give votes on the basis of Ethnicity. Zardari is a Baloch so their vote goes to Zardari based on Baloch. Some of these same tribes live in Bahawalpur division who want to separation from Punjab based on their racist views and it is not all about Performance that determine votes in South Punjab. Next time as well Baloch card will be played to divide Punjab and to get votes and this cycle will continue.


  • Arshad ali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 2:28PM

    PMLN will win almost 50% Seats in Southern Punjab Divisions.


  • AS
    Sep 16, 2012 - 2:36PM

    we are with you PML N and will help also in identifying culprits


  • Logical
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:09PM

    PMLN is nearing its logical endRecommend

  • Farrukh Abbas Hashmi
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:34PM

    Everyone knows the crisis of these divisions especially DGK & BAHAWALPUR where the ppls are away from basic necessities there is lack of co-ordination yet PML-N expecting the votes from these areas to contest for comming elections during last five years ppls were deprived from their rights affected with floods rains no one was there to ask their needs now its the time of elections and NS & SS are agan planing to fool the ppls of these areas where the literacy rate is more than 80 PercentRecommend

  • Usman Khan
    Sep 16, 2012 - 4:00PM

    Well done PML-N…Recommend

  • Gilgiti
    Sep 16, 2012 - 5:29PM

    @Logical your logic is so funny!


  • Imran
    Sep 16, 2012 - 5:54PM

    @Arshad ali:
    PMLN will win almost 50% Seats in Southern Punjab Divisions.

    Wishful thinking… huh? Party itself is alarmed with its own performance, and you are dreaming of 100% increase in the number of their seats.


  • Muddassir
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:28PM

    All of you who are dying to praise PMLN: did it even occur to you that they HAVE ABUSED POLICE DEPARTMENT for their gains? But obviously, PMLN are beyond any mistakes as you folks are devoid of any critical analysis.

    Re. assessment, if it’s genuine it should lead to disbandment of the party…but shah ur shah key ghulam…:)


  • Aamer Khawaja
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:35PM

    @Tribal Insafian:
    “… to evaluate whether they were involved in the embezzlement of development funds.”

    That is the job of police btw, and indirectly saves tax-payers money because corruption is one of the biggest wastage of tax money


  • amjad khattak
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:02PM

    atleast someone is trying to grab some seats from ppp. i don’t want to see ppp-mqm-anp coming to power again. k. saad rafiq has made a good proposal in geo tv (lekin). if it was done then we can vote fearlessly without the fear of ppp coming again in power. but pti is denying to accept it, making its own voters more conscious.


  • qaiser
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:11AM

    i dont wish that PTI wins the coming election. i love imran khan. i love his philanthropy. i admire his talent and will power. but i hate his politics of severe crticism and allegations against his opponents. i am sick of his attitude. i dont like nawaz and zardari. but as a muslim, i condemn character assasination, even if its against bitterest opponent


  • Sultan Mehmood
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:47AM

    This is exactly how a political party should function. I want to point outto some of our less able commentators that there is a whole article after the first line. Did you read why special branch was used? To check whether the PML N politicians were involved in any corruption.

    Insha-Allah PML N will sweep the elections!


  • Iram
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:29AM

    Dying to win, searching winners not honest politicians. Shameful conduct of PMLN.


  • Kashif Hussain
    Sep 17, 2012 - 10:01AM

    Allah bless Pakistan. Allah bless Nawaz Sharif. Our last hope is Nawaz Sharif.


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