Sharif gains strength as independent candidates pick PML-N

More independent candidates joined from Balochistan, Kohistan and Swabi.


Web Desk May 15, 2013
Nawaz gains strength in the National Assembly and independent candidates join PML-N. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Independent candidates elected in the National Assembly and Punjab Assembly have joined Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), raising the number of expected seats to 220 seats in the National Assembly and 300 in the Punjab assembly for the party, reported Express News on Wednesday.

Independent candidates are nearly all selecting PML-N as their choice of political affiliation, according to a source close to PML-N.

More independent candidates joined from Balochistan, Kohistan and Swabi as the party gains further strength in the assemblies.

PML-N currently holds 126 seats in the National Assembly.

Sharif held a party meeting at his Raiwind residence on May 13, where the party’s senior leaders Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ahsan Iqbal and Rana Sanaullah, among others, were in attendance. The meeting came up with a sketch of what the future government will look like.

Nisar Ali Khan’s task was to contact independent candidates who won national assembly seats from across the country and determine their terms and conditions. Shahbaz Sharif was to assist him and deal with independent NA candidates who won from Punjab while Nisar was to contact independent candidates from Sindh, K-P and Balochistan.

The Nisar-led committee will also suggest names of the National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker, and also the chairpersons of various NA committees to the party leadership. Apart from this, the committee will communicate with the caretaker setup to decide which day the National Assembly session will be convened.

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COMMENTS (12)

p r sharma | 9 years ago | Reply

All independents proposing will recover the price for their support to PML (N) . They will like to to have ministerial seats or post in govt , enterprises as MD or similar plum post to milk the same. PML(N) will ignore their wrong doings to the possible extent. A strong opposition will be able to reduce/prevent/ expose the corrupt activities .

irfan | 9 years ago | Reply

This is how things work. Everything is according to the plan, ye.

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