In a significant development, Mehr Muhammad Waseem, a leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and a ticket holder from Lahore’s NA-119, has made the decision to withdraw from the elections in support of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N).
Mehr Muhammad Waseem and his associates declared their backing for Maryam Nawaz Sharif in the constituency after a meeting with PML-N Senior Vice President and Chief Organizer Maryam Nawaz Sharif, attended by Senator Pervez Rashid, Maryam Aurangzeb, Ali Pervez Malik, Khawaja Imran Nazir, and other leaders.
The formal announcement of Mehr Muhammad Waseem and his colleagues joining the Pakistan Muslim League (N) is scheduled for a public meeting on January 25.
This unexpected political alliance is a setback for PTI, especially with upcoming elections on the horizon, and is perceived as a potential game-changer in the constituency.
Maryam Nawaz Sharif warmly welcomed Mehr Waseem and his associates into the PML-N fold, describing the alliance as a collective commitment to the journey of development. Reflecting on the period from 2018 to 2022, she expressed concerns about the nationwide impact of perceived incompetence.
Maryam Nawaz attributed current challenges in Pakistan to the schemes of those seeking to distress political rivals. Drawing a sharp contrast, she reminded the public of the global examples set during Nawaz Sharif’s era, lamenting the stark departure from Lahore’s once-celebrated development to its current state as a city grappling with environmental issues.
Highlighting the service legacy of Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif in Pakistan, Punjab, and Lahore, Maryam Nawaz acknowledged the difficulty of public service, noting that only the Sharif brothers had excelled in this demanding endeavor.
Maryam Nawaz praised the resilience of PML(N) workers, emphasizing that no leader, worker, or councilor, regardless of their stature, has abandoned the party. She asserted that PML(N) is more of a family than a blood relation.
Emphasizing the intertwined destiny of the nation’s future and development with the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz underlined the party’s commitment to a vision of progress and prosperity for the people of Pakistan.