Independent candidate for PK-26 on Tuesday withdrew in favour of PML-N candidate.

Speaking at a news conference at the Mardan Press Club, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, independent candidate for PK-26, said that he was an ideological worker of the PML-N and also contested the 2008 elections on its ticket.

He said that he had submitted application for party ticket for the 2013 elections but the party leadership allotted ticket to former provincial minister Iftikhar Khan Mohmand who recently joined the party.

He said that due to this reason, he decided to contest the upcoming elections as independent candidate. He said that the party leaders several times arranged meetings with him and requested him to withdraw in favour of Iftikhar Khan Mohamand. He said that at last in the better interest of party withdrew in favour of Iftikhar Khan.  He said that currently, the country was passing through critical times and it was need of time to strengthen hands of Mian Nawaz Sharif as he was the only person who could pull out Pakistan of the current crises.

Iftikhar Khan, candidate of PML-N for PK-26 ,Nawabzada Khwaja Mohammad Khan Hoti, candidate of PML-N for NA-9 Mardan and Inayat Shah Bacha, district president of PML-N, appreciated his decision and said that it was need of the time to unite and strengthen hands of Mian Nawaz Sharif.

They claimed that PML-N would win the upcoming elections with a great majority and would make government in centre and provinces and would put the country on the track of development and prosperity.

District Vice President Haji Abdus Salam, President Tehsil Takhatbhai Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Dr Nisar Khan, Dr Rahmat Gul and other office-bearers and workers were also present in large numbers on this occasion.