Following the PML-N’s defeat at the hands of the PTI in the Punjab by-elections, the party’s supremo, Nawaz Sharif, blamed the “difficult decisions” taken by the centre for its failure.

According to the preliminary and unofficial results, the PTI has won 15 of 20 seats, while the ruling PML-N suffered a resounding defeat managing to get only four seats.

According to leading newspaper report, Nawaz said that his party paid the price of “difficult decisions” taken by the coalition government.

It said that Nawaz had spoken to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz and discussed the party’s future strategy keeping in view the by-elections’ results. He directed them to convene an emergency meeting of the party.

“We respect public opinion,” the PML-N chief said.

MARYAM NAWAZ: Earlier, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz acknowledged defeat in her tweets.

“The PML-N should accept the results of the by-polls with an open heart and concede to the decision of the masses,” Maryam wrote.

She added that winning and losing were part of politics, therefore, the party should now focus on its weaknesses, identify them, and then overcome them.

“God willing, everything will be fine,” she said.

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