LAHORE: The PML-N is considering a proposal that the party’s main leadership — Shahbaz Sharif, his son Hamza and Maryam Nawaz — should contest on at least three National Assembly constituencies in the upcoming polls.
“I have floated a proposal in the parliamentary board that our leadership -- Shahbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Hamza Shahbaz -- should contest on at least three National Assembly seats. (if) Imran Khan (PTI chairman) is contesting on some four NA constituencies, why not our leadership contest at least on three,” PML-N senior leader and former provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah told Dawn here on Tuesday.
To a question about the possible constituencies from where Shahbaz and Maryam would contest, Mr Sanaullah said: “In addition to Lahore’s, the other constituencies can be of Faisalabad and other parts of the country,” he said.
When asked would the board give Hamza a ticket from Lahore given the cases he was facing and would he return to the country, he said: “Hamza is returning home today and he will contest the election.”
Hamza is facing a National Accountability Bureau probe in the Punjab Saaf Pani Company scam, besides being booked on Supreme Court orders for allegedly torturing and harassing Ayesha Ahad, who claims to be his wife. He had skipped his last appearance before the NAB.
About award of ticket to PML-N senior leader and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, he said although he (Nisar) did not appear before the board for an interview, “I think the board is willing to award him party ticket. But it is not clear whether he was interested in contesting the July 25 polls from PML-N platform.”
On the other hand, a source says Maryam, who is likely to contest from NA-125 (previously NA-120), from where her mother had won a by-poll, has got conducted a survey to check her party’s popularity graph in the constituency.