LAHORE: Hafiz Nauman, the covering candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in the NA-120 by-poll, has not taken back his nomination papers in favour of the party’s nominated candidate — Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
Nauman has confirmed that the PML-N leadership has instructed him to not take back the nomination papers and contest the election as an independent candidate.
“Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is the PML-N candidate in the election, I will be contesting as independent,” he said. “Begum Kulsoom will contest the election on the symbol of lion and I will contest it on the symbol of laptop.”
Meanwhile, Dr Tahir ul Qadri-led Pakistan Awami Tehreek has also taken back nomination papers of its candidate, Ishtiaq Chaudhry, after announcing its support to Dr Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Dr Rashid has now become a joint candidate of PTI and PAT.