LAHORE – As the general elections are round the corner, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has stepped up its efforts to win the support of potential candidates in different constituencies in Punjab, TheNation has learnt.

PML-N President Nawaz Sharif is learnt to have assigned the task of finding suitable candidates for the upcoming elections. According to sources, Senator Ishaq Dar will recommend the names of potential candidates from Lahore, while Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Opposition leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar will do the same in case of Bhakkar and Mianwali respectively. People in the latter two districts are known for their penchant for personalities rather than political parties. In 2008 elections, they threw up four MNAs who contested as independent candidates.

Hamza Shahbaz has been tasked to finalise the names for constituencies falling in the Sargodha district. Likewise, Khawaja Muhammad Asif will be looking for strong candidates from Jhang and Ahsan Iqbal from the Multan district. In the previous election, the PML-N did not perform better in these districts except Lahore.

Similar arrangement has also been made for other districts and tehsils, said the sources, adding that PML-N was undertaking a constituency-wise exercise to make an assessment of the ground realities to chalk out its election strategy. For this, the leadership has already formed committees at the district and tehsil levels to give feedback on party’s grey areas in their respective areas.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that these committees have been asked to submit their assessment reports on local political divisions to the party chief by November 15. Their reports would help the party devise a strategy for the upcoming elections.