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PML-N to go with the tried and tested in Punjab

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is set to repeat its old-timers across Punjab except a few constituencies in Lahore for the July 25 vote.

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The parliamentary board has almost completed interviews of ticket seekers for all Punjab divisions.

However, those vying for the National and Punjab Assembly seats from the provincial capital, considered the citadel of the PML-N for the last three decades, have been invited for an interview-cum-meeting at the Model Town offices of the party on Sunday (today).

“In most of the constituencies throughout the province we are preferring those for award of tickets who had contested from the party’s platform in the 2013 election and remained steadfast to its ideology and discipline particularly after the ouster of prime minister Nawaz Sharif,” a senior leader involved in the process of award of tickets told local channel on Saturday.

Party loyalists will be preferred in choosing candidates for the constituencies where old contestants have ditched the party and joined rival outfits, he said, adding that reports in this respect have already been obtained from relevant district PML-N bodies.

According to him, the hopefuls for Lahore seats will be interviewed on Sunday and new faces are likely to be introduced for a couple of National and Punjab Assembly seats.

The official claimed that Maryam Nawaz is likely to contest for a seat other than NA-125 as Nawaz Sharif has asked his daughter to build her own constituency for establishing her credentials as an independent political figure. Maryam has obtained nomination papers for NA-127 also.

The official claimed that Salman Shahbaz, son of ex-CM Shahbaz Sharif and younger brother of ex-MNA Hamza, is also making his debut in the politics and has been asked to choose a constituency in the suburbs of Lahore instead of any from the Walled City or old Lahore area.

He has been given the option to choose by-election for his debut should he need more time for preparations in case of a suburban constituency.

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