RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: After the humiliating defeat of former interior minister Chaudhary Nisar from two Rawalpindi constituencies, the local Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) wants the party leadership to end differences with Nisar and lend an invitation to rejoin the party.
According to the Pakistani media outlet Dawn, the local leaders and workers want Nisar back in the top ranks of PML-N for internal differences had costed the party a lot of seats in the district.
He said efforts were being made to arrange a meeting between the PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and Chaudhary Nisar at Adiala Jail. “But before arranging the meeting, it is necessary to get permission from Mr Sharif.”
“The local leaders were headless in the 2018 elections and failed to launch an effective campaign and all the candidates worked separately in their constituencies. Chaudhry Tanveer Khan is senior among the local leaders but he is not capable of handling many issues,” he said.
“The results of the two constituencies in the 2018 elections showed that had the votes bagged by Chaudhary Nisar as an independent and the PML-N candidates were combined, the party would not have lost the elections.”
He said the PML-N wanted to end its internal differences before the by-elections in NA-60 and NA-59 Rawalpindi.
“The party has two options for NA-59: to get Chaudhary Nisar agree to contest the by-polls on the PML-N ticket and to field Raja Qamarul Islam for the seat again.”
However, he said, people were mostly of the view that Qamarul Islam should not be fielded in the by-election.
He said discussions had started on the issue at the higher level of the party.
The story was first published by Dawn News.