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PML-N to annul nominations of district office-bearers

Facing resistance from within the party over the PML-N reorganisation drive sans internal polls, the Sharifs are likely to cancel the nominations of several party district presidents and secretaries general in various parts of the country, particularly in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A source in the PML-N told Pakistan Today that in a damage-control exercise, the PML-N’s top command was mulling to replace a number of recently elected (nominated) party presidents and secretaries general in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where the nominations had divided party workers and leaders alike.
Almost all district presidents and secretaries generals in four provinces were first nominated by party’s respective district or provincial coordination committees and their names were later approved by the PML-N central organising committee, leading to fissures within the party as a majority of PML-N workers and leaders challenged the reorganisation process.
Pre-empting potential large-scale defections after central leader Saranjam Khan’s resignation from the PML-N membership, Nawaz Sharif on Monday sent Makhdoom Javed Hashmi to pacify disgruntled PML-N leaders in KP, who were otherwise considering joining the PML-Q. A source in the PML-N said Hashmi sought a 15-day period from Saranjaam Khan on behalf of party chief Nawaz, asking angry PML-N leaders that their demand of undoing PML-N’s reorganisation in KP would be seriously considered and their objections on the nominations of district presidents and secretaries general would be addressed.
“Khan and hundreds of party workers and leaders from KP accepted Hashmi’s request and demanded party elections at the district level across the province and annulment of all former nominations,” the source said, adding that the Sharifs were facing a similar resistance in Balochistan and some parts of Sindh and Punjab. Saranjaam Khan confirmed that Hashmi had sought fifteen days for undoing the controversies related to party’s reorganisation in KP.
“He assured us that party elections will be held in all districts of the province so that genuine PML-N workers can come forward. PML-N’s provincial council (disgruntled leaders) will now meet on July 20 to decide the future course of action in light of the steps that party top command takes,” he said. He said PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had contacted him for joining the PML-Q.
“PML-Q Provincial President Ameer Muqam and Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar are also asking me to join the PML-Q,” he added.

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