Nawaz Sharif not disappointed over election results, insists top PML-N leader


It would be unwise to hand over government to another party after three years of difficult period, says Khawaja Asif

PML-N leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif. —AFP/File
  • Despite shortcomings, PML-N to fulfill promises: Asif.
  • “PTI is habitual of crying foul over after every election,” he says 
  • Says “would be unwise to hand over govt to another party”.

KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday rebuffed reports claiming the party supremo Nawaz Sharif was unhappy after election results showed his party failing to secure a majority in the February 8 polls.

He made these remarks during his appearance on Geo News amid intense political activity in Islamabad and Lahore where key players having consultations on the formation of the coalition government in the Centre.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has released all the results showing the party of former prime minister Imran Khan in the lead with over 90 seats followed by PML-N which secured victories in 75 constituencies.

Moreover, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) bagged 54 seats while Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) won 17 seats. However, a split mandate made it impossible for a single party to form the government in the house of 336 where the support of at least 169 members is required to win the prime ministerial slot.

Speaking to Geo News anchorperson Shahzeb Khanzada, Asif insisted that Nawaz was not disappointed over the results but added that “we are aware of the shortcomings but will fulfil our promise of giving relief to the masses after coming into government. PTI is habitual of crying foul over after every election.”

He said that PPP has also accepted the results.

Responding to a question, Asif said independent candidates are themselves joining PML-N, the party is not offering them any bribes.

When asked to comment on the power-sharing formula being discussed between the PPP and PML-N, the former defence minister opposed the idea, saying there are several difficult steps needed to be taken in three years which will increase the difficulties of the common men.

“It would be unwise to hand over the government to another party after bringing stability.”

He maintained that they had the majority and it was their right to have their man in the PM Office.

“My confidence is restored after seeing Mian sahab’s passion.”

About Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with MQM-P, the PML-N leader said it was positive and assured to address Karachi’s problems.



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