Shehbaz retracts decision to contest 2018 polls from Karachi


LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif on Monday retracted his decision of contesting elections from NA-249, NA-248, and NA-250 in Karachi.

The former Punjab chief minister had earlier announced that he would contest the election from Karachi, however, the decision was taken back after holding consultative meetings with the party’s senior leadership.

This latest decision was confirmed by PML-N leader Saleem Zia, who had also taken away the nomination papers for Shehbaz from the said constituencies.

On Sunday, the parliamentary board of PML-N held a meeting and conducted interviews of hopefuls for candidacy in the 2018 general elections.

Shehbaz, who was appointed PML-N president after a Supreme Court ruling ordering the removal of Nawaz as party chief, was also interviewed by the party’s parliamentary panel.

“Mian Sahib, you are the party Quaid and it is your decision whether to give me a ticket or not,” Shehbaz had said before the party board.

The former Punjab chief minister was questioned regarding his performance and future plans during the interview.