|PML-N attempts to lure Bosan away from PTI|
09 July 2012
ISLAMABAD: In an attempt to gain significant ground in south Punjab, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has geared up efforts to woo Sikandar Bosan to join his party. It is expected that they will offer the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leader a ‘key slot’.
“Yes, we met Bosan sahib. The day is not far when we will join hands,” a PML-N leader told The Express Tribune. Senators Pervez Rashid and Zulfiqar Ali Khosa were selected by the PML-N leadership to try and convince Bosan to represent their party in the next general elections, mainly attributed to Bosan’s significant political influence in Multan: a crucial political ground for PML-N’s rivals PTI and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
PTI leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Javed Hashmi categorically refused to support Sikandar Bosan’s younger brother, Shaukat Bosan in the Multan NA-151 by-polls, resulting in Bosan’s animosity within the PTI.
This created the space for the PML-N to step in and offer their full support, hoping Sikandar Bosan would reciprocate.
“I could not entice PTI local leadership to support my brother in NA-151,” Bosan said, adding “despite repeated requests, the PTI’s top leadership did not listen to me. I could not leave my home constituency vacant.”
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has assigned MNA Tehmina Daultana and Senator Zafarullah Khan Dhandhla to finalise negotiations with Bosan. Bosan will also meet Senator Raja Zafarul Haq by the end of July.
Dhandhla, a friend of Bosan’s family, told The Express Tribune that he was very optimistic about Bosan’s future with the PML-N and hoped that he (Bosan) will contest the next general elections on a PML-N ticket.
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