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May 13, 2013

Nawaz poised to become PM for third time

National

May 13, 2013

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-N President Nawaz Sharif, 63, is almost certain to become the prime minister for a third time.
Nawaz chaired a consultative meeting on Sunday at his Jati Umra residence with his close aides and discussed with them the post-election scenario in the country. The meeting was attended by Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz, Senator Ishaq Dar, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed and Khwaja Saad Rafique. The meeting is believed to have discussed different options for forming governments in the Centre and Punjab.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Pervaiz Rasheed said there was no need to convene an all-party conference (APC) on any particular issue, as all the political parties have representation in the assembly. He claimed that the PML-N respected the mandate of all elected representatives. He also congratulated MQM chief Altaf Hussain over winning a sizable number of seats in Karachi.
Kh Saad Rafique told the media on the occasion it was the right of the PML-N to form government as they have won the majority of seats in the elections. He said they wanted to start work for the betterment of Pakistan without wasting any time. He claimed that the elections were over now and they should all work together for nation-building. He claimed that they would not call anyone “Tsunami Khan” and wanted others to forget the bitter things of the past.
Meanwhile, Pervaiz Rasheed, through a media release, drew the attention of the Election Commission of Pakistan towards the release of election results in Balochistan which could cause unrest and affect the credibility of the entire electoral process. He demanded of the ECP to release the election results without any delay, considering the sensitivity of the issue.
Meanwhile, hundreds of PML-N workers gathered outside the PML-N Secretariat and chanted slogans of “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif”. Sweets were also distributed among the workers who also danced to drum beats.
APP adds: PML-N

Spokesman Pervaiz Rasheed said his party had made successful efforts to resolve constitutional issues during the previous regime. According to Radio Pakistan, he said after assuming power his party will make sincere efforts to resolve the social and economic problems of the country and overcome the challenges being faced by the country. He said it is time that all the political forces sit together and take their responsibility with all seriousness to resolve national problems.