ISLAMABAD: Veteran politician and senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan projected that the PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif might depart the country before the elections and observe the unfolding results from abroad, noting Sharif’s existing residence outside the nation. Aitzaz Ahsan claimed this on a current affairs show on Dawn TV.
During the conversation, Aitzaz Ahsan also suggested that JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman might be considering a withdrawal from the elections.
Ahsan used the analogy of beating drums, implying that Rehman seemed to be signaling a retreat rather than anticipating victory.
Earlier, Aitzaz Ahsan had labeled Sharif as a “favoured” figure and alleged that both the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the interim government were working to secure a two-thirds majority for Nawaz Sharif in the upcoming general elections.
Nawaz Sharif, who had returned to Pakistan after spending four years in self-imposed exile, expressed his lack of desire for retribution and emphasized a new path toward progress.
Regarding the ongoing dispute between PTI and the election commission, Ahsan advised against the electoral watchdog pursuing the matter further.
The recent contention between the ECP and PTI arose from the commission’s decision to revoke PTI’s symbol due to the annulment of its intra-party elections, citing non-compliance with the Elections Act and the party’s constitution.
PTI’s newly appointed chairman, Gohar Khan, had raised concerns about an alleged conspiracy aimed at depriving the party of its electoral symbol ‘bat’ and excluding it from the upcoming elections.