The internal workings of the parliamentary board of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) have come to light regarding the distribution of tickets for the upcoming elections in National Assembly constituency NA-121.
According to party sources, Sheikh Rohail Asghar addressed the parliamentary board meeting, asserting that NA-121 is his ancestral constituency, and he intends to contest the elections from this very constituency. The party conveyed that Sheikh Rohail emphasized the historical connection his forebears had with this constituency, and he has been actively involved in politics in this region.
Sheikh Rohail Asghar stated that during the 2018 elections, a part of his constituency was amalgamated into Ijaz Sadique’s constituency. He underscored that he had led a campaign alongside his party members for Ijaz Sadique during that time. Now, faced with difficulties, he expressed his determination to reclaim his original constituency rather than seeking candidacy from elsewhere.
The party conveyed that Sheikh Rohail Asghar clarified that he did not file nomination papers for any other constituency, maintaining his commitment to contest the elections solely from his native NA-121.
During the parliamentary board meeting, Sardar Ijaz Sadique presented the numerical breakdown of his existing and new constituency, claiming that over 56% of his previous constituency is now part of the restructured NA-121.
Sardar Ijaz Sadique assured the parliamentary board that he would abide by party discipline, accepting any decision regarding ticket allocation. The party sources mentioned that this statement was meant to reinforce unity within the party and commitment to the decisions made by the leadership.
Party sources further revealed that Sheikh Rohail Asghar, after addressing the leadership, left the parliamentary board meeting. The parliamentary board, in turn, recommended that the final decision regarding ticket distribution in NA-121 should be made by the party’s leader, Nawaz Sharif.
As the PML(N) navigates the intricate process of ticket distribution, the dynamics within the party reveal the delicate balance between historical ties, political strategies, and the adherence to party discipline, setting the stage for the upcoming elections in NA-121.