PML-N on seat adjustment spree ahead of elections

Nawaz meets Ch Shujat in Lahore after 15 years n Shehbaz says PML-N will ensure equal distribution of resources among provinces through 18th amendment

LAHORE  -  Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif accompanied by PML-N president Mian Shehbaz Sharif visited the residence of Paki­stan Muslim League (PML-Q) chief Ch Shu­jat Hussain on Wednes­day, marking their first meeting in almost 15 years to initiate discus­sions for seat adjust­ments ahead of the Feb­ruary 8 elections. 

This encounter fol­lows a prior meeting in 2009 when Nawaz Sharif offered condo­lences to Ch Shujat Hus­sain on the passing of his mother.

While no official de­tails were disclosed about the topics dis­cussed, sources revealed a general agreement on seat adjustments, with specific modalities to be finalised later. The meet­ing lasted approximately 40 minutes, and both parties decided to form separate committees to deliberate on the details.

Key figures from both parties attended the high-profile meeting, including senior vice president and chief or­ganizer of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Sen­ator Nuzhat Sadiq, and Marriyum Aurangzeb. From the PML-Q side, former federal minister Tariq Bashir Cheema, Chaudhry Wajahat Hus­sain, Chaudhry Shafay Hussain, and Chaudhry Salik Hussain were also present. Upon ar­rival, Ch Shujat Hus­sain extended a warm welcome, setting the stage for a positive en­gagement. This marked Nawaz Sharif’s first interaction with the PML-Q President since his return to Pakistan on October 21st. Nawaz Sharif expressed genuine concern for Ch Shujat Hussain’s well-be­ing and conveyed heartfelt good wishes. The president of the Pa­kistan Muslim League (N) Ba­lochistan, Jafar Khan Mandokha­il, along with other party leaders, contributed to the diverse di­alogue. Reportedly, Ch Shujat sought adjustments not only for previously won seats but also in Gujarat, Sialkot, Mandi Bahaud­din, and Hafizabad. According to a PML-N source, the parties agreed on seat adjustments for two Na­tional Assembly and three Pun­jab Assembly constituencies, in­cluding those held by Tariq Bashir Cheema and Ch Salik Hussain. The PML-N also agreed to seat adjust­ments for Shafay’s provincial as­sembly constituency. The PML-N is concurrently in negotiations with MQM and other parties in Sindh for an electoral alliance, with similar efforts underway in Balochistan and KPK provinces.

Separately, Mian Nawaz Sharif vis­ited the residence of Sardar Tariq Mazarai, the former speaker of the Punjab Assembly and a promi­nent leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N). During the visit, Nawaz Sharif expressed condolences for the departed soul of former care­taker Prime Minister Mir Balakh Sher Mazari, extending sympathy to the Mazari family. Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Marriyum Aurangzeb, and Sheikh Fiazuddin were also present at the solemn occasion.


PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Shar­if chaired a meeting on Wednes­day to continue the process of evaluating final recommenda­tions for party ticket allocations to election candidates. 

This particular meeting focused on interviewing candidates from Balochistan, marking the fourth gathering of the parliamentary board for the conclusive consid­eration of candidates from vari­ous districts in the region. Nawaz Sharif individually met with and interviewed all party candidates.

The parliamentary board includ­ed senior Vice President and Chief Organizer Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Head of the Election Cell Senator Ishaq Dar, Secretary General Ah­san Iqbal, Balochistan President Jafar Khan Mandukhel, and cen­tral and provincial officials of the party. The board had already as­sessed candidates’ names in Sar­godha Division, district Rawal­pindi and Hazara, and Malakand divisions in prior meetings.

Separately, party leaders from Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh Province held a meeting with for­mer Prime Minister and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif. No­table attendees included PML-N Balochistan President Jafar Khan Mandukhel, former Chief Minister Jam Kamal, and senior party lead­er Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. Discussions revolved around party affairs and preparations for the upcoming general elections in Balochistan. Proposals were considered to en­hance the party’s strength and ac­tivity in the region, with Shehbaz Sharif expressing appreciation for Jafar Mandukhel’s efforts.

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