LAHORE: Sources within PML-N claimed that Shahbaz Sharuf will not compete in the by-election in NA-120 Lahore which was vacant after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by Supreme Court in Panama case and this is also the confirmation that he will not become a prime minister of Pakistan which was earlier decided by the party leadership.
There had been a long debate in the media over the PML-N decision for replacing the former PM with the young brother Shehbaz after Nawaz dismissal. But now the party leadership realizes that Shahbaz is important to remain in Punjab as CM as Punjab is the more than half seats of pakistan is there and it will affect in the upcoming election.
A senior PML-N figure in Lahore established that the chief minister would not be contesting the seat, a move likely to leave Abbasi in power until the next general elections, likely to be held in mid-2018.
PML-N officials say the main reason why Shehbaz may not take over is linked to the general elections and the party s fears that its grip on the vital Punjab province will weaken if he steps down as chief minister.