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Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)

Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)

With Nawaz Sharif as its head, the party was formed prior to the 1993 elections after Islami Jamhuri Ittehad – which had won the 1990 elections under Nawaz — stood divided.

Top leaders

Key concerns

2018 elections

PML-N has fielded candidates from 214 NA seats — out of these 127 seats are from Punjab, 33 from Sindh, 33 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11 from Balochistan, seven from Fata and three from Islamabad.

2013 elections

The party emerged as the single largest political party in the country, receiving the majority and well over two-thirds of seats in Punjab Assembly. It formed the government at the centre along with allies that included PkMAP and JUI-F, and Nawaz Sharif became the only Pakistani elected to the post of prime minister for the third time.

The party also formed the government in Punjab, with Shahbaz Sharif in charge, and chose to sit on the treasury benches in Balochistan with a deal with the National Party. Under this deal, it was decided that NP's Abdul Malik Baloch will be the province's chief minister for the first half of the government, whereas a PML-N man will take over for the second half.

In the Sindh Assembly, the party had nominal representation. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it secured a sizeable number of seats but chose to not seriously challenge Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for the post of chief minister as the latter had more seats in the province's assembly.

Previous elections

PML-N has been one of the most important political players in the country since its official formation in 1992, with Nawaz having already enjoyed top political office in the country. The party was the main force in the opposition following the elections in 1993 and won a landslide victory in 1997. In 2002, however, it managed to win only a handful of seats as most leaders left it for greener pastures while others remained in jail.

In 2008, it was the second largest party after the PPP and in an unprecedented move, sat on the treasury benches and joined the cabinet with its once fiercest political rival. The alliance, however, proved to be short-lived and PML-N was back in the opposition, anxiously waiting for 2013.

2018 manifesto

PML-N 2018 manifesto by Dawndotcom on Scribd

Major political plays

Criticism and controversy