PML-N decides to contest Senate polls, by-elections: Sources

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ISLAMABAD (News Desk) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to take part in Senate polls and by-elections and give tough time to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

As per details, a high level meeting of PML-N leadership was held. Sources privy to the matter revealed that attendants of the session were in favor of contesting Senate elections and challenging government.

The party leaders also expressed confidence in PML-N supremo and former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif; however, majority of the attendants expressed concerns over attitude of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Earlier, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has announced that his party will participate in the Senate elections and face the PTI government in the assemblies.

Holding a press conference in Karachi on Tuesday, Bilawal told that the party’s CEC had approved that all assembly members would submit their resignations to party leadership by December 31. However, the decisions of the CEC would be presented to PDM as well.

He said that PPP would stay in the assemblies and fight hard against the government in the Senate elections. “PDM can win if it contests the Senate elections together”, Bilawal said.

He reiterated his demand that Prime Minister Imran Khan should resign by January 31, but if he does not leave office willingly, he will be ousted.

The PPP Chairman also condemned the arrest of Khawaja Asif by NAB during the press conference.

It was earlier reported through sources that PPP’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) decided the option of resigning from assemblies would only be considered after former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif returned to the country.

The members of the PPP CEC, while taking a clear and unequivocal stand, said that the party cannot follow anyone’s dictation and the democratic forces should not be fooled by anyone.

Sources privy to the party said that the meeting decided to take part in the Senate elections and by-polls to give tough time to the government.

The participants of the huddle said that the party cannot be made a new Pakistan National Alliance (PNA), adding that the PPP is the only party that is ready for politics of resistance and long march.

The participants further said, “Nawaz Sharif should return to Pakistan and be part of the long march and the option of resignations could only be considered on the return of the PML-N supremo”.

The legal experts present in the meeting expressed concern that the government could repeal the 18th Amendment in case of early resignations.

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