Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif issued directives to his party regarding the upcoming general elections, asking the leaders to start a mass mobilisation campaign.

The former premier asked the party members to start preparations for general elections, and confront the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its allies in the public, said PML-N insiders on Tuesday. 

They said Nawaz held a series of online meetings with his party stalwarts and directed them to speed up their political activities before the vote of confidence in Punjab.

It was decided that the Governor’s House and State Guest House will be used to hold public meetings and federal ministers would also hold open courts  (khuli kacheris) to hear public problems and on-the-spot orders to solve them. 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was also asked to engage with his allies to find a solution to stop the PTI from dissolving the Punjab Assembly. In this regard, the prime minister had recently contacted former president Asif Ali Zardari and discussed the political situation with him.

Meanwhile, the date of the Punjab Assembly’s session, on the vote of confidence motion against Chief Minister Parvez Elahi, has been changed and it will be held on January 9, instead of January 11. 

The assembly secretariat has also issued a gazette notification. 

Insiders said the upcoming session was extremely important for both PML-N and its allies and the PTI and its allies. They said it was most likely that Punjab CM Elahi might take a vote of confidence and in case the opposition alliance fails to complete the number of 186, then Imran Khan’s announcement of the dissolution of the assemblies would be implemented.

Both PML-N and PTI are claiming to have the required number to deal with the motion. At present, the PML-N has 167 members, the PPP 7, and Rah-e-Haq Party 1, while five independent members are with the opposition and one has not joined any party, while the PTI has 180 members and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) 10.

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