Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah
On Friday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah announced that the party has started making arrangements to welcome former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
At a press conference in Lahore with Punjab Information Secretary Azma Bokhari, the minister, who is also the PML-provincial N’s chairman, declared, “We have started preparations for receiving Nawaz from today.”
Nawaz’s London Abode
Nawaz has been residing in London since November 2019 after being granted permission to travel abroad for medical care.
However, earlier this week, Nawaz gave Sanaullah instructions to start doing research for shortlisting qualified candidates for elections in an apparent attempt to dispel the notion that the PML-N is “running away” from elections in Punjab and appears to be out of legal options to prevent a potential dissolution of the provincial assembly.
Imran Khan’s Stance on Resignations
Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, declared last month that his party would resign from the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa legislatures in order to distance itself from the “current corrupt political system.”
We have resolved to fight and prepare for the polls, Sanaullah said in response to the PTI leader’s challenge to dissolve the Punjab Assembly during today’s press conference.
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According to him, the PML-N has made choices and would meet later today to put them into effect.
Sanaullah also predicted that the PTI will lose and added that the return of the PML-N leader would determine the outcome of the election in Punjab. “We are democratic citizens who support allowing assemblies to serve out their terms. However, we are not intimidated by PTI’s innocuous threats.”
PML-N’s Division of Punjab
He added that committees had been constituted to meet with party officials and nominate two candidates in each constituency within two weeks. He further stated that the party had divided the nine divisions of Punjab into three.
The committees would be made up of senior PML N lawmakers. They will interact with both incumbent MPAs and prospective candidates. Within two weeks, they will tour every constituency and choose two candidates from each one.
Committees Submit their Suggestions
After the committees submit their suggestions, the party will then decide, he said.
The minister declared that there would be national elections in October. “However, if one or both assemblies are dissolved, provincial elections shall be held within 90 days.”