Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Islamabad: PML-N finalises lists
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has finalised the list of its candidates to contest the upcoming general elections from districts Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Federal Capital. Sources privy to the development told Business Recorder that the formal announcement to this effect is likely to be made in a day or two.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2013
According to the list, PML-N central leader and former opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan would contest from two National Assembly constituencies - NA-52 Rawalpindi-III Kallar Syedan and NA-53 Rawalpindi-IV Texila. From NA-55, Rawalpindi, former MPA Sardar Nasim has been given the party ticket to contest against Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad. Earlier, the party has awarded ticket to Malik Shakil Awan, who defeated Sheikh Rashid in bye-election. However, the sources said that Awan would be contesting for the provincial assembly of Punjab from PP-12, Rawalpindi.
Similarly, the sources said that the party had decided to field former District Nazim Raja Javed Akhlas against former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who will be the PPP's candidate from NA 51, Gujar Khan. The insiders said that Malik Aitbar Khan would be the party's candidate against Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader and former deputy prime minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi from NA-59 (Attock-III).
The sources said that former MNA Mohammad Hanif Abbasi and Malik Ibrar have once again been awarded party ticket from NA-56 and NA-54, Rawalpindi, respectively. While from NA-50, Murree, former MNA Shahid Khaqqan Abbasi would be PML-N's candidate for the upcoming general elections. Similarly, former MNAs Anjum Aqeel Khan and Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry would once again contest on the two National Assembly constituencies, NA-48 and NA-49, respectively. Both the candidates had won the previous 2008 general elections from the federal capital.
On NA-60 Chakwal, there were three strong candidates namely former MNA Ayaz Amir, General Abdul Qayyum (Retd) and Major Tahir Iqbal (Retd). However, the committee headed by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, shortlisted the names of Ayaz Amir and Tahir Iqbal, whose names have been forwarded to the party chief Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz Sharif is also chairman of the PML-N's central parliamentary board for general elections of 2013, and will finalise one name to contest the elections from NA-60.
Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, PML-N's former chief whip in the National Assembly, has once again awarded the party ticket to contest from NA-57, Attock. The insiders said that the committee had finalised the list with strong recommendations and also forwarded the same to Nawaz Sharif. They further said that the committee had rejected the applications filed by some party's senators including Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa and Chaudhry Jaffar who had expressed the desire to contest for National Assembly in the upcoming general elections.