ISLAMABAD - Reposing full confidence in the leadership of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the newly-appointed Central Executive Committee meeting of the party decided to launch mass-contact campaign to take part in the upcoming general elections in 2018.

The CEC meeting held under the chair of the ousted prime minister made it clear that criticism on court decision by Nawaz Sharif should not be construed as criticism of state institutions as ruling PML-N fully respects the institutions and wanted to see all institutions performing their duties in their defined ambit of Constitution.

The meeting also decided to issue show-cause notice to Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and Raza Hayat Hiraj for going against the party policy in the National Assembly, the party Central Secretary-General Mushahidullah Khan informed in a briefing on the maiden meeting of the CEC .

It was further decided in the meeting that the party would approach other parliamentary parties for strengthening of democratic institutions, and in this connection Nawaz Sharif has tasked Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to meet the heads of other parliamentary parties, particularly on evolving consensus on the pending legislations on delimitation of constituencies in the Upper House for timely holding of next general elections, a senior party leader said.

It was further decided in the meeting that in the mass-contact campaign the party would highlight its achievements especially bringing down load-shedding to naught, well ahead of the timeline given by Nawaz Sharif.

Similarly, the achievements on economic front and putting the derailed national economy back on track due to the prudent policies of PML-N would be the other points the party leadership would highlight in their public addresses and meetings.

It was further decided that the party would organise public rallies at district level, while a schedule for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to select rallies across the country with main focus on Punjab would be worked out in due course of time.

Mushahidullah Khan said that the CEC reiterated the party’s stand that it was unflinchingly standing behind Nawaz Sharif, who was undoubtedly the most popular leader in the country whose vision and prudent policies had started yielding results in the shape of end to load-shedding and economic turnaround.

He said that when the PML-N government took over in 2013 the country was facing two major challenges—load-shedding and terrorism—and now today on both those fronts the PML-N government was successful and even its adversaries were acknowledging it.

Mushahidullah said that the meeting considered close coordination with all political forces vital for strengthening of the democratic institutions and with the same spirit the PML-N was ready to engage in dialogue with the Pakistan People’s Party and other political forces in opposition.

He made it loud and clear that the PML-N would complete its mandated constitutional term as they believed that continuity of democracy was vital to strengthening of democratic institutions in the country.

Reiterating the PML-N stance, Mushahidullah said that the verdict against Nawaz Sharif was not accepted by the people of Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif was facing the ordeal of trial in accountability court when his spouse was undergoing cancer treatment in London only for the supremacy of democracy and in complete respect of the institutions.

To a question about Makhdoom Javid Hashmi’s meeting with Nawaz Sharif, he said that the outcome of the meeting would come to fore soon.