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Nawaz Sharif Set to Lead PML-N Again as Party Reschedules Key Meeting

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to reschedule its general council meeting to May 28, coinciding with Youm-e-Takbeer, a day that marks Pakistan’s nuclear tests in 1998. This decision was confirmed by PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb, who stated that it was reached through consensus within the party. The move aims to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the historic nuclear explosions.


Signs Point to Nawaz Sharif’s Re-election as PML-N President

There are strong indications that Nawaz Sharif, the influential leader of PML-N, is poised to be re-elected as the party’s president during the upcoming Central Working Committee session. Rana Sanaullah, a prominent figure within PML-N, disclosed this information during a recent press conference. He mentioned that a resolution was passed during a PML-N Punjab meeting, urging Nawaz Sharif to lead the party once again, especially during these challenging times.

Nawaz Sharif, who was barred from holding public office in 2018, made a significant comeback after being acquitted by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia corruption cases in late 2023. Following his legal victories, he contested the General Elections 2024 and emerged victorious from NA-130 Lahore, according to reports from ARY News.


Emergency Meeting Called Over Wheat Scandal

In another development, Nawaz Sharif, the supreme leader of PML-N, has called for an emergency meeting to address the ongoing wheat scandal. The meeting will focus on the findings of the inquiry committee established by the federal government to investigate the matter. Punjab’s Minister of Food, along with other officials, will brief the session on the inquiry’s outcomes and the current situation surrounding the wheat issue.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in response to concerns raised by farmers regarding wheat procurement and distribution, formed a committee under the Ministry of National Food Security. This committee was tasked with addressing the grievances of farmers within a four-day timeframe. Additionally, Shehbaz Sharif chaired a high-level emergency meeting to review matters related to wheat procurement through the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO). The federal government, via PASSCO, aims to procure 1.8 million metric tons of wheat to ensure maximum benefit for farmers.

Sources familiar with the matter indicate that a significant decision regarding the wheat situation is expected to be announced later this week. The prime minister will present the inquiry committee’s report to Nawaz Sharif. He will ultimately decide on the course of action regarding the wheat issue.

The PML-N’s rescheduling of its general council meeting and the potential re-election of Nawaz Sharif as president underscore the party’s internal dynamics. It also highlights its readiness to navigate through challenging political landscapes. Meanwhile, the emergency meeting convened by Nawaz Sharif reflects the party’s commitment to addressing pressing issues such as the wheat scandal. This demonstrates its proactive approach to governance and accountability.

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