LAHORE – Prior to announcing candidates for elections throughout the country, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is sending teams to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh for updating lists of the ticket aspirants in light of the late developments and the political alignments.

After former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif met with the BNP-M, PKMAP, JWP and the NP leaders in Quetta on Wednesday, sources in the party say, many replacements from the previously proposed names of the candidates for 14 National Assembly and 51 Provincial Assembly seats are on the cards. After meeting Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Mahmood Khan Achekzia, Talal Akbar Bugti and Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, the PML-N is fast reaching seat adjustments with them at the provincial level. Sources say the PML-N is counting on getting more provincial assembly seats in Balochistan for which it may adjust the partners on NA seats.

For Khyber PK, the party is sending former MNA Muhammad Pervez Malik and Khawaja Saad Rafique and another team led by former deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan to Karachi on the directions of Nawaz Sharif.

The visiting teams will review the political stature of the ticket seekers to make sure that they are capable of winning the polls. They will inform the party head about the possible replacements of the previously shortlisted names.

Sources say that due to time limitation, the selection for Balochistan, Khyber PK and Sindh will be done by Sunday.

They say that after the PML-N has broadened its platform in the said three provinces with the support of nationalist parties and eminent leaders, it is having up to four aspirants for nomination in every constituency.

In the earlier rounds of selection, the party had kept options open to pick up the most suitable candidate from two to three aspirants on about 40 percent of the seats, keeping in view the final candidates of other parties as well as its own adjustments with Balochistan parties.

The PML-N and its partners have now begun the final phase of naming their candidates after the PPP, ANP, JUI-F, MQM, JI and others have announced their candidates.

According to PML-N Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan, the announcement of party ticket holders will give a surprise to the nation as the party has adopted scientific method to assess their worth as a result of which a large number of qualified, competent and experienced persons have been picked up.