Rana Sanaullah, senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was quoted by Geo News as saying on Saturday that “all political parties” should be allowed to run in the country’s general elections in 2024.
The PML-N leader and former minister of the interior told reporters in Lahore, “All political parties will participate in the electoral process.” The people will ultimately pick [who gets to lead].
As general elections are set to take place on February 8, 2024, two major parties, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), have repeatedly complained that they were being denied a level playing field in the lead-up to elections.
The PTI has accused the caretaker administration of creating an unfair playing field in light of recent allegations of elections without Imran Khan. The PTI chairman is still behind up in Adiala Jail, and the party’s leadership says they are not allowed to campaign because of his absence.
But the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which worked with the PML-N in the last coalition government led by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), also holds the Sharifs’ party responsible for creating an unfair playing field.
In response to a query, Sanaullah slammed the PPP, saying, “Is it a level playing field when the PPP files false cases against the leadership of the PML-N?”
Speaking on the occasion, the PML-N leader said: “We are in the winning position. Our status is gradually being restored. It’s not completely unexpected.”
Whatever happened to us in the 2018 elections, he continued, “you are displeased as it is not happening now.”
Prior to the approaching elections, the PPP and PTI have voiced worries over “preferential treatment” being offered to the PML-N.
PML-N leader Hamza Shehbaz’s statement this week that there was nothing wrong with having “cordial ties” with the establishment added fuel to the fire of suspicions already stoked by the PPP and PTI.
Sanaullah predicted that out of a possible 141 seats in Punjab in the 2024 elections, his party would take between 120 and 125. He went on to predict that the PML-N would have an outright majority in the upcoming Central government.