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Ayaz Amir faces opposition within PML-N


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Ayaz Amir. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Election troubles of PML-N leader Ayaz Amir are not over as he is facing stiff resistance within his party over the award of ticket for NA 60, Chakwal, his home constituency.

Mr Amir, a known columnist, was covered extensively last week by the media when a district returning officer rejected his nomination papers on the basis of articles 62 and 63 of the constitution.

An election tribunal later accepted his appeal, clearing his candidature, but his party has yet to decide whether or not to field him as one of its candidates.

Talking to Dawn, a senior PML-N leader said Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the former leader of the opposition in National Assembly, was opposing the award of party ticket to Mr Amir.

Mr Khan was supporting retired Maj Tahir Iqbal, a former federal minister of the PML-Q and nephew of retired Lt Gen Abdul Majeed, he said.

The PML-N leader said that while the party’s chief, Mian Nawaz Sharif, was in favour of Mr Amir in view of his good image in the media, Mr Khan had the support of former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Their argument is that since Mr Amir has criticised the party’s policies in public, he should be penalised.

In March, when the PML-N eventually supported a government bill for the Defence Housing Authority in Islamabad, Mr Amir spoke against it, which Mr Khan didn’t like.

According to the source, Mr Khan wanted all ticket holders of the party in Rawalpindi division to be of his liking.

Mr Amir first contested and won the 1997 elections on PML-N ticket for a Punjab Assembly seat from his district, but resigned his seat after developing differences with party leaders.

In 2002, when the entire Chakwal district fell to the PML-Q, Mr Amir lost to the same Maj Iqbal who was a PML-Q candidate, by only 3,000 votes.

Comments (14) Closed

asad Apr 17, 2013 03:08am
game over for PML n.
YOUSUF HUSSAIN Apr 17, 2013 04:04am
Ayaz Amir should get the party ticket
Immad Apr 17, 2013 04:51am
What a democratic part PML N is. It wants to penalize its lawmaker who try to criticize its leadership or decision on the ground of logics!!!
ZalimHussain Apr 17, 2013 05:52am
If Mr. Ayaz Amir run independently and still won. Mr. Khan you think he will be silent? Give him the ticket and listen to his honest ideas if your Party want to progress. The man has world wide audiences.
ZalimHussain Apr 17, 2013 05:54am
Mr. Khan stop your dictatorial policies. world has changed. If you do not like fellow assembly man critical of your policies democratic you folks are.. You are the representatives of the people if elected. Not our masters. in other words you are "civil servants" do you know the meaning of 'servant'. get real..
Falcon Apr 17, 2013 06:00am
Ayaz Amir is a liberal and PMLN is making alliance with banned outfits...clearly shows he is a misfit...should join some other party rather than facing this drama
farmerdr Apr 17, 2013 06:51am
By supporting a lota and by showing intolerance to open and fair criticism Mr Khan is exposing his own lack of character.
M Rafique Apr 17, 2013 07:01am
No problem for Mr. Ayaz he can join other party as he did previously by joining PML (N)
m h kayani Apr 17, 2013 07:16am
I really don't believe he is worthy politician of any kind, the man is Selfish and egoistic, Ayaz Amir is a history the forgotten one too. i any case there is NO chance for old guard to come back in power. PTI the next government, try them they may be the only way forward for Pakistan.
Zafar Apr 17, 2013 07:23am
Its better for Nawaz to out Mr. Chaudhri Nisar , if he want smooth sailing in 2013 elections. Regards Zafar
akhter husain Apr 17, 2013 07:40am
What a shame .An independent-minded but truly party loyalist is going to be deprived of party ticket.It seems that PML(N) is not a democratic party for it refuses to give right to disagree to its members.Any way Mr ayaz is a valuable asset of and will be lost .Losing a sagacious person is bad omen for PML(N).
saa Apr 17, 2013 11:36am
Ayaz Amir is a liberal, progressive and secular minded person. PML-N is a right leaning party whose ideological bearings are towards religious parties like Jamat-e-islami. He was always a misfit in PML-N. I think Mr. Amir is better off without them.
Salim Akbani Apr 17, 2013 12:33pm
PML N and its top leadership are just trying to hold on to the old ways of doing business - Keep the old feudal system alive at the expense of people like Ayaz Amir who will speak the truth. Mr. Amir should abandon this old feudal party and run as an independent.
Haroon Apr 18, 2013 06:05am
I agree with everything you said and would like to add that PMLN is better off without him too! There is NOTHING in common between these two odd bed fellows!