The Pakistan Muslim League-N will elect provincial party office-bearers after the Eidul Fitr, party sources confided with TheNation.
They mentioned that the preparations were underway though no names as such had come to the fore, and the aspirants had not shown their intentions either openly. “The working is certainly underway, and the process will completed after the Eid when PML-N president Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will comeback from Saudi Arabia,” mentioned the source asking not to be attributed. He also added that the elections of the office-bearers would be made either through consensus or majority of vote, which would vary from province to province.
Also, after the Eid, elections in districts, where the exercise is inconclusive yet, would be completed as well.
About various names being floated in the media regarding leading the Punjab, the party insiders were of the firm opinion that Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab, Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa would be repeating the party position owing to multiple reasons, which makes him a strong candidate for the President PML-N Punjab. To him, Khosa from the Southern Punjab would be more suitable, and the Party needed such a man who could influence the belt. Secondly, the gentleman is a towering personality among the party ranks, and widely respected as well. “Plus he has been unflinching opponent to the military ruler during the absence of the Sharifs,” he said, while negating the media impression that Hamza, son of Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, had been given a nod by Nawaz Sharif.
Party’s information secretary Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan is already on record that several names and options were under consideration, but nothing was finalised as such.