The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is expected to re-elect Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as its party’s president as its intra-party elections going to be held on Tuesday (today) after five years.
PML-N senior leaders led by Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Monday submitted nomination papers of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the slot of party’s president.
Other party leaders who have also filed Nawaz Sharif’s nomination papers with the party’s election commissioner included Pervaiz Rashid, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Anusha Rehman, Dr Asif Kirmani, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, and Tariq Fazal Chaudhry.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also chaired meeting of the senior leaders of the party to consult them about the intra-party elections and he was briefed about the arrangements made for the party convention.
The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman and Dr Asif Kirmani.
Talking to reporters, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that election will be held for 10 posts including central president, chairman, six senior vice presidents, secretary information and secretary finance. He said that these representatives will then appoint other office bearers of the party.
He said that Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal has been appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner to conduct the elections, adding that four members have also been appointed from all the provinces to oversee the elections process.
Responding to a question about PTI’s plan for November 2 lockdown of the federal capital, he accused Imran Khan of derailing the democratic process, adding those calling for protests and sit-ins are not well wishers of the country.
Last intra-party elections of the PML-N were held in June 2011 which elected party office bearers for three years with Nawaz Sharif as its president. -Business Recorder