LAHORE - PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurengzeb has accused the PTI of ignoring its genuine workers and awarding tickets to the turncoats and the ‘ATM machines.’

No genuine worker appeared getting ticket of the party which has favoured only those who were either turncoats or ‘ATM machines’ (rich people), Marriyum Aurengzeb told media persons at an Iftar dinner hosted by PML-N central media committee and chaired by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.

The PML-N spokesperson said it appeared the PTI leadership had ignored the workers who fought for the party for years. Marriyum said vote in the next elections would be based on performance. She said Punjab, particularly Lahore, under the stewardship of former chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, stood far ahead of other provinces in terms of progress and development while at the centre the PML-N government performed excellently to end terrorism and overcome electricity crisis in the country. She said the electorates know well who delivered and who failed to do so. The PML-N was sure to win the next elections, she added.

Marriyum Aurengzeb slammed Imran Khan for writing a letter to the caretaker prime minister, asking him to take stock of the PML-N government over the electricity generation. She said Imran Khan should first answer his assertions of ending electricity crisis and providing power to the entire country, besides justifying his failure to produce even a single megawatt of electricity after coming into power there.

She also grilled the PTI government in KP which has turned the whole Peshawar into a dustball in the name of constructing a metro bus project which has not been completed even after the lapse of years. On the other hand, she said, the PML-N added 11,000MW of electricity to the national grid during its tenure.

Replying to a question, Marriyum Aurengzeb said it was the prime responsibility of the caretaker setup to ensure free, fair and transparent elections and a realisation of this fact was a positive thing to take democracy ahead.

To another question, Marriyum denied the PML-N had announced final names of its ticket holders and said the central parliamentary board of the party was interviewing the candidates and their final names had yet to be announced.

Mushahid Hussain Syed, in his brief address, said he would remain in touch with the media. He said, under the leader of Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif, the PML-N had emerged as the most popular party in the country that was poised to win the next elections.

Muqam submits papers

from NA-29

Staff Reporter from Peshawar adds: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) provincial president Ameer Muqam submitted nomination papers from NA-29 erstwhile NA-4 and vowed to serve the people if he was elected in the upcoming general elections.

Muqam said that NA-29 was his own constituency and the people of the constituency always give him love and affection.

He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership had violated all principles of merit in their party and ignored those who had rendered sacrifices for the party.

He said holding free and fair elections was the only option and timely arrangements for the elections would ensure elections on July 25. He said that PML-N was a popular force in the country and despite challenges the party would be victorious in the upcoming general elections.

He said that the PTI chairman followed the ideas of those traditional politicians who had hijacked the party. Ignoring the founding members of the party would ultimately lead to PTI’s defeat in the upcoming general elections, Muqam said.