PML-Q denies news of political merger

From Abid Usman

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leader Chaudhry Shafay Hussain stated on Sunday that his party is not merging with any other political party.
In a statement issued here, Hussain clarified that there would be seat adjustments in some constituencies with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, but the PML-Q would maintain its individual identity.
He added that PML-Q candidates will contest the elections with the tractor symbol by the grace of God Almighty. Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain stated on Sunday that the people of Pakistan have great expectations from former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
In a statement issued here, Shujaat Hussain emphasised that at this time, the country needed national unity and harmony. He added that by overcoming the past, we must move forward.
Hussain mentioned that Nawaz Sharif would have to work hard for the revival of the country’s economy, eradication of unemployment and control of inflation.
He reiterated that the people of Pakistan had high hopes for Nawaz Sharif.
Shujaat Hussain said, ‘By overcoming the bitterness of the past, we should utilise our full capabilities to solve the issues facing the people.”
“Our collective responsibility is not for revenge politics but for building a strong economy, providing relief to the people and safeguarding national interests,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leader Chaudhry Shafay Hussain stated on Sunday that his party is not merging with any other political party.
In a statement issued here, Hussain clarified that there would be seat adjustments in some constituencies with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, but the PML-Q would maintain its individual identity. He added that PML-Q candidates will contest the elections with the tractor symbol by the grace of God Almighty.
Former opposition leader Raja Riaz on Sunday said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) does not need to ally with anyone in Punjab. Speaking to reporters in Lahore on Sunday, Riaz said he was ‘thankful to God’ that the PTI chairman is no more prime minister.
Raja Riaz also said the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz will ‘sweep’ Punjab in the upcoming elections.
He added that the PML-N does not have space to adjust more people from other parties and the party does not need to ally with anyone.
However, the PML-N leader said that work was underway for seat adjustments in the province.
Raja Riaz said it seemed unlikely that the Istehkam-e-Pakistan party would make major inroads into Punjab. He added that the IPP does not have an alliance with PMLN. Riaz was part of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf until he refused to resign along with most of the party after the no-confidence vote removed Imran Khan from power. He served as opposition leader in the assembly afterward.
He joined PMLN in September 2023, days after the Pakistan Democratic Movement government ended.