Senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Zaeem Qadri Thursday quit the party, saying he would take part in the elections as an independent candidate.

According to sources, Qadri had developed differences with PML-N over the issue of party tickets. Senior leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and Rana Mashhood had tried to convince him to reconsider his decision but to no avail.

Zaeem also announced that former PML-N MPA and his wife Syeda Uzma Qadri will also fight general elections 2018 as an independent candidate.

“I will not say a word against anyone but won’t spare anyone who speaks against me,” Qadri warned. He went on to say that he is one of the ideological workers of the party but cannot tolerate what is being done to him.

Qadri said he did not say anything when PML-N decided to field another candidate in the constituency he wanted to contest the election from. “[But] I cannot polish Hamza’s boots.”

Qadri challenged Hamza, saying he will get into politics in Lahore and show him.

“I’m not your masseur" will do the bidding of the workers, the disgruntled leader said. “I stand by the workers of Punjab and Pakistan.”

Addressing Hamza, Qadri said, “You may bring your boot polishers and contest elections, my competition is with you.”

Qadri also announced to contest elections as an independent candidate from NA-133 after party leadership refused to give him a National Assembly ticket.