ISLAMABAD: In the wake of widening rift with his party leadership, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) heavyweight Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Sunday submitted nomination papers for two National Assembly and as many Punjab Assembly seats as an independent candidate.
The nomination papers were submitted with the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) Rawalpindi office for NA-59 Rawalpindi, NA-63 Taxila and Punjab Assembly’s PP-10 and PP-12. The submissions were made by Nisar’s close aide Shaikh Aslam as the ex-interior minister was on bed rest due to severe backache, according to sources in PML-N’s Rawalpindi chapter.
The PML-N is expected to announce its finalised candidates for the upcoming general elections in Lahore today. The party’s parliamentary board has been interviewing the candidates to finalise party ticket-holders over the last few days.
In Rawalpindi Division, the PML-N is facing a major challenge as the party’s top command is locked in serious differences over the award of tickets to Chaudhry Nisar and Hanif Abbasi.
According to PML-N insiders, party supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was not in favour of awarding tickets to Nisar and Hanif. On the other hand, Shehbaz .was in favour of awarding tickets to both. Nisar did not apply for the PML-N ticket and had announced contesting the elections from Rawalpindi.
This said to have offended Sharif, who is of the view that Nisar should not have made such an announcement and applied for the ticket.