PML-N an­nounces to go for by-polls in NA-122, NA-154

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz (PML-N) an­nounced on Thurs­day that it has de­cided to con­test the by-elec­tions in NA-122 and NA-154 con­stituen­cies.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Per­vaiz Rashid in­vited PTI chair­man Im­ran Khan to con­test the by- elec­tions against Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq from NA- 122 La­hore. Sim­i­larly, he said, Jehangir Ta­reen should con­test by- elec­tions from NA-154. Talk­ing to media per­sons af­ter a high level meet­ing of the party lead­ers in Is­lam­abad on Thurs­day, Min­is­ter for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Ah­san Iqbal said the party would not seek stay or­ders against elec­tions in these con­stituen­cies. They, how­ever, said the party would seek le­gal reme­dies to keep the record straight. The in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter said Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq would be the party's can­di­date from NA-122.

To a ques­tion he said coun­sel of Sar­dar Ayaz is out of the coun­try and an ap­peal would be filed in the Supreme Court, against the ver­dict of elec­tion tri­bunal, but no stay or­der would be sought. He said the party has de­cided to go be­fore the court of the peo­ple against ver­dicts of elec­tion tri­bunals in NA-122 and NA-154 cases. "PML-N has de­feated PTI in all by-elec­tions, in­clud­ing the re­cently held in Haripur, and it would de­feat PTI in the com­ing by-elec­tions as well," Rashid as­serted.

Ah­san Iqbal said PML-N would get more votes in by-elec­tions than it se­cured in the gen­eral elec­tions. He said peace is re­turn­ing to the coun­try, con­fi­dence of the in­ter­na­tional commu- nity is pick­ing up and for­eign in­vest­ments are in­creas­ing.

"By hurl­ing threats of sit- ins, Im­ran Khan is try­ing to spoil this con­ge­nial at­mos­phere and joys of the peo­ple," he said. Iqbal said the prime min­is­ter al­ways be­lieves in rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, as is ev­i­dent from his poli­cies. It was ear­lier re­ported that af­ter Wed­nes­day's de­ci­sion of an elec­tion tri­bunal de­seat­ing PML-N's Sid­dique Baloch (NA154, Lodhran) on a pe­ti­tion of PTI's Ja­hangir Ta­reen, the party lead­er­ship had now started weigh­ing the op­tion of go­ing into re-elec­tions in all the three con­stituen­cies, in­stead of fil­ing ap­peals in the Supreme Court.

Ear­lier, two tri­bunals in La­hore had de­clared the elec­tion of Rail­ways Min­is­ter Kh­waja Saad Rafiq (NA-125) and Na­tional Assem­bly speaker Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq (NA-122) as null and void. The tri­bunals also or­dered re-polling in the three con­stituen­cies. While Mr Rafiq had filed an ap­peal in the apex court which stayed the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the tri­bunal's ver­dict, Ayaz Sadiq is yet to ap­proach the SC.

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