Former PML-N leader.
- Believes in a policy of non-confrontation with state institutions — the military and the judiciary, in particular.
- Regarded as pro-establishment.
- Has styled himself as a conservative, right-of-centre politician.
- Has been a critic of US policy on Pakistan, though members of his own family are US nationals.
- Had opposed Nawaz's decision to seek a judicial commission to investigate the Panama Papers case.
- Though he acknowledges military involvement in Pakistan's politics, he believes it to be a matter to be worked out in private.
- Refuses to remain in the PML-N under the leadership of Maryam Nawaz and Hamza Shahbaz
- Says Nawaz was made party leader even though he was not eligible.
- Announces he will contest the upcoming elections as an independent, saying: "The party [PML-N] has issued tickets to political orphans."
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