Shehbaz Sharif to be new party president after Nawaz

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif is to be appointed president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), chairman of PML-N’s central working committee Raja Zafarul Haq reported on Tuesday.

The senior party member laid bare decision of the party leadership in an interview with British Broadcasting Agency (BBC) and asserted that formal announcement is to be made soon.

He said that majority of the party members favour CM Shehbaz to take place of PML-N’s former president after he was issued notice today by the election commission to give up the seat.

He said that Shehbaz Sharif was appointed president of the political organisation earlier when ex-premier Nawaz Sharif was living in exile in Saudi Arabia.

Decision of the organisation to appoint Shehbaz as party chief has come in hours after Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) served a notice to the former premier to relinquish party president’s seat as a disqualified leader could not hold a party office.

The notification was issued in lines with Political Parties Act 2002.

To a question, Raja Zafarul Haq said the struggle of PML-N was against the disrespect of people’s vote.

He said general elections would be held in June next year and a number of political parties had started their political campaign, therefore the PML-N had also decided to make preparations for the elections.

Due to other priorities and administrative and governmental matters, the party could not focus on its organizational matters, but now it had been decided to work more on party matters, he added.