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PML-N influential groups prevail: Workers ‘ignored’ for women’s reserved seats

Published Mar 31, 2013 04:27am


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PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif.—File Photo

LAHORE: Facing difficulties in finalising candidates for certain constituencies, mostly in Lahore, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has extended deliberations of the central parliamentary board up to Tuesday (April 2), it is learnt.

On Saturday, the PML-N board completed the list of aspirants for women’s reserved seats both in national and provincial assemblies.

A party official claimed that certain ‘political families’ grabbed most of the seats ignoring workers who had been in the forefront in the struggle for democracy in the country.

A source privy to the list said Begum Ishrat Ashraf and her daughter Zaib Jafar were nominated for women reserved seats in the National Assembly. Zaib’s father, Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal, has already been elected a Senator on the PML-N ticket.

Similarly, PML-N chairman and Senator Raja Zafarul Haq’s niece had also been included in the list, besides Ms Ghazala Saad, wife of ex-MNA Khwaja Saad Rafiq.

Ms Ghazala had served as a Punjab Assembly member on a reserved seat in the previous term, while Khwaja Saad’s brother Salman Rafiq had also been elected to the provincial assembly on a general seat and had been advisor to the chief minister on health.

Mr Saad had been claiming in various talk shows that he would not seek representation for his family, which he said was over-represented to negate the impression that only a few families were holding a sway in the PML-N.

It is also learnt PDP general secretary Arshad Chaudhry’s wife and mother of an influential officer in the establishment had also been included in the list.

The source also claimed that the party leadership had prepared a list of candidates for all national and Punjab Assembly constituencies in Lahore but it was being withheld to avoid tension among contenders and their supporters.

Meanwhile, PML-N activists from Lodhran district continued protesting outside the Model Town office of the party throughout the day against denial of ticket to their favourite candidate in the area.

They also vent their anger by beating chests in front of Senator Zulfikar Khosa’s vehicle when he arrived there to attend the parliamentary board meeting.

One of the protesters, Akram, climbed an electricity pole and refused to come down, demanding Shahbaz Sharif himself should listen to his grievance. But the younger Sharif never turned up and Akram had to climb down, pledging he would neither vote nor work for the party nominee in his Lodhran constituency.

Sources said the party had given Senator Zulfikar Khosa a free hand in Dera Ghazi Khan to select PML-N candidates.


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Waqas Mar 31, 2013 05:33am
What were they thinking ? PML (N) is a family Ltd company. I'm not sure what are they complaining about. Deal with it !
Khan Mar 31, 2013 07:25am
What do you expect from a party with around 30 members of the Family contesting in the elections. This is not PMLN of Quaid E Azam. This is a Family Limited Company.
M Sajid Mar 31, 2013 10:18am
They are the biggest cheat in the country under the guise of being "SHARIF". I hope that masses at large would reject them and their alike in the coming election and genuinely go for a change.
Kamal Mar 31, 2013 11:27am
Is this situation any different than any other party/mafia in the country? Why was this a news to begin with?
mystic Mar 31, 2013 12:09pm
What do you expect when a party's name includes a living person's name?
KHAN Mar 31, 2013 01:35pm
Shame Shame Shame on PML-N and JUI-F. We need to take these fake lions, and shareefs out from politics of Pakistan.
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 31, 2013 03:59pm
Both PML(N) and PPP have become a family business in pakistan - unless the people of pakistan do not open their eyes in casting their vote this time, they will be worst off for another 5 years and even God will not rescue them from this mess
Falcon Mar 31, 2013 06:22pm
Yes. It is different for PTI since it organized its internal party elections...Just an example of how it is affecting the quality of decisions is that IK's own first cousin is being denied the seat based on merit...that is called true democracy
Akram Mar 31, 2013 07:11pm
Family ltd company in action. If you want change only PTI will not be following family ltd co method, the sad thing is many of the people who complain first, then end up voting for the same family ltd company's
malik Mar 31, 2013 07:36pm
please read about the affair if KIM Baker with Nawaz
malik Mar 31, 2013 07:37pm
How Nawaz Sharif sold the Pakistani secrets
Irfan Baloch Mar 31, 2013 07:47pm
I dont bother calling this party PMLn I simply call it Business League its pure and simple Business with the concept of full profit and no liability
was100 Apr 01, 2013 12:40am
Strange,the people give them vote and then complained this is a limited company.Strange people strange country.Iam sure this time also they will vote heavily for Ms Nawaz Limited Company and then will complain its a family affair.What a deplorable state of our nation.