PML-N in a fix about its NA-46 candidate – Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: With solely a day left in the submission of nomination papers, the PML-N remains to be unsure about its candidate in the NA-46 (Islamabad-I) constituency, as greater than three contenders have come ahead to contest polls on this specific seat.

In addition to former MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan, who misplaced two consecutive basic elections on this seat and one native authorities election, former Islamabad deputy mayor Zeeshan Naqvi and PML-N Japan President Malik Noor are vying for the coveted seat.

Observers consider Zeeshan Naqvi has higher prospects of successful the election on account of his “private relations not solely throughout the occasion ranks and voters in his constituency but in addition with these in the opposition”.

Mr Malik Noor lately returned from Japan to contest the polls and his declare to fame is an altercation with former inside minister Sheikh Rashid in 2017 when he manhandled the Awami Muslim League chief outdoors parliament over a monetary dispute.

Zeeshan Naqvi emerges as ‘high contender’ in constituency for cross-occasion ties

In the absence of the PTI which is going through an unannounced crackdown in the run-as much as polls, the PML-N’s possibilities of successful this seat are seemingly vibrant. However, the occasion wants to achieve a consensus on its candidate for the constituency to bag the seat. A senior PML-N chief mentioned the excessive command was nonetheless unsure about its nominee in NA-46, but it surely had shortlisted the names for this seat.

“The emergence of Zeeshan Naqvi as a robust aspirant has made the management’s job harder for the award of ticket in NA-46,” he mentioned, including that the occasion candidate – whoever it will be – would want to faucet into PTI votes for the win.

In the 2018 elections, PTI candidate Asad Umar had bagged 57,086 votes whereas Anjum Aqeel Khan of the PML-N obtained 33,009 votes. In 2013, PTI candidate Makhdoom Javed Hashmi received the seat with 73,692 votes towards Anjum Aqeel Khan’s 52,170 votes.

Party insiders informed Dawn that Zeeshan Naqvi, throughout his stint as a deputy mayor, had a good working relationship with union council chairmen from throughout the political divide. The PML-N management has additionally “obtained studies that Zeeshan Naqvi has a comparatively clear political profession and never a single report has ever been filed towards him in the federal capital”.

Interestingly, all three PML-N aspirants have filed their nomination papers and are ready for the ultimate determination of the occasion. When contacted, Zeeshan Naqvi mentioned the occasion has not awarded a ticket for NA-46. He added that he filed his papers for the seat on Friday. “There is a assembly of the PML-N board in Lahore on December 26, in which aspirants could be requested to persuade the occasion management of their candidacy in two minutes,” he added.

When contacted Anjum Khan was not accessible for remark whereas his shut aide Malik Ashraf, mentioned the previous MNA filed his nomination papers on Friday. He mentioned many aspirants who claimed themselves as ‘N-Leaguers’ have been vying for the seat, however the management would determine about the ultimate candidate. He mentioned Anjum Khan would attend the PML-N board assembly in Lahore subsequent week, in which the identify of the candidate could be finalised.

Published in Dawn, December twenty fourth, 2023

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