LAHORE - PML-N leaders have congratulated Shehbaz Sharif on his election as president of the party.

They said that Shehbaz Sharif, under the leadership of party patron Nawaz Sharif, will ensure a thumping victory for the party in the next general election. In the prevailing circumstances, Shehbaz is the most suitable person to lead the party, said PML-N City President and Federal Minister Pervez Malik and Punjab Ministers Tahir Khalil Sandhu and Khawaja Imran Nazir at a meeting on Tuesday.

They said that true face of Imran Khan was exposed when he joined hands with Asif Ali Zardari. What face will Imran show to the masses in the next election after he became friends with the person he has been calling a looter and biggest thief for years? Malik asked. He said people of the country knew those who served them and those who deceived them in the name of change and they will not be duped by such elements in the next elect. He said the PML-N agenda is progress and development of the country and they would take it ahead after winning the next general election.

Sandhu said the PML-N believes in democracy and has set democratic traditions by conducting intra-party elections. The minister said the PML-N has written a new political history by electing Shehbaz Sharif as party president. The minister said workers of PML-N will perform their best under the leadership of Shehbaz for betterment of Pakistan.

APunjab Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan highly lauded the decision of electing Shehbaz Sharif as the PML-N president, saying it would have a positive impact on the popularity of the party in the general elections 2018. He said that the PML-N was a democracy-loving party which had written a new political history by electing Nawaz Sharif as lifetime patron Quaid of the party.

Finance Minister Dr Ghous Pasha, felicitating Shehbaz Sharif, said that the party would get further boost in the country under his dynamic and candid leadership. Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Culture Rana Muhammad Arshad expressed the hope that Shehbaz Sharif would utilise all his skills and experiences to lead the party and take the workers along with him in the upcoming election campaign.

MPAs Yasin Sohal, Mian Naseer Ahmed, Shehzad Mushi, Hina Pervaiz Butt, Azma Bokhari said that appointing Shehbaz Sharif as the PML-N president would make the party stronger and give a lot of dividends in the next general elections.

They also hailed the services of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as he gave the gifts of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and revitalised country's economy, and eliminated loadshedding and terrorism. "Nawaz Sharif is national popular leader who can't be eliminated from politics," they added.

They expressed the hope that both Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif would continue their efforts for further strengthen the party and serve their countrymen with best of their skills and abilities to address their problems besides taking the country on road to progress and development. MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik, congratulating Shehbaz Sharif, on his election as PML-N President said it had washed away desires of those envisaging cracks in the party ranks.