PML-N announces candidates for Karachi; Shehbaz Sharif withdraws from NA-242.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has revealed its list of candidates for national and provincial assemblies in Karachi, featuring notable decisions and a withdrawal from NA-242 by party president Shehbaz Sharif.

The unexpected move to withdraw Shehbaz Sharif’s candidature from NA-242 resulted from the PML-N’s failure to reach a seat adjustment deal with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P). Instead, Khawaja Shoaib, a covering candidate, will now contest on behalf of the PML-N in NA-242.

Kheeal Das Kohistani, a PML-N leader in Sindh, stated that there was no seat adjustment with MQM-P. He revealed that the PML-N would form a joint front in Sindh with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), an alliance dominated by the PML-F.

The controversy arose due to MQM-P’s stance that Mustafa Kamal, the party’s senior deputy convenor, would contest from NA-242 and would not step aside for Shehbaz Sharif.

Earlier in November, PML-N and MQM-P had agreed to a seat adjustment and even reached an agreement on the issue of strong local governments in Pakistan.

Below are the names of PML-N’s National Assembly candidates for Karachi, indicating the party’s aspirations for at least three seats in the megacity:

  • NA-229 Malir I: Qadir Bux Kalmati
  • NA-230 Malir II: Muzaffar Ali Shujra
  • NA-231 Malir III: Capt Jamil Khan
  • NA-232 Korangi I: Shah Owais Noorani
  • NA-233 Korangi II: Zainul Abdin Ansari
  • NA-234 Korangi III: Saleem Zia
  • NA-235 Karachi East: Haji Sharafat
  • NA-236 Karachi East II: Parveen Bashir
  • NA-238 Karachi East IV: Sidrtul Muntaha
  • NA-240 Karachi South II: Sakeena Anwar
  • NA-241 Karachi South II: Rozeena Anwar
  • NA-242 Kemari I: Khawaja Shoaib
  • NA-243 Kemari II: Akhtar Jadoon
  • NA-244 Karachi West I: Ghulam Rasool Shah
  • NA-245 Karachi West II: Muhammad Saleem
  • NA-247 Karachi Central I: Naheed Parveen Advocate
  • NA-249 Karachi Central II: Ansab Raza Fatima
  • NA-250 Karachi Central IV: Furqan Ali

Analysts believe that the PML-N, with three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif aiming for a record fourth term, has strategically chosen candidates to target at least three seats in Karachi.