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PML-N betrays old guns, gives 90% of tickets to new entrants in Balochistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has shown little regard for its old workers and loyalists in Balochistan, as it has awarded 90% of tickets to mostly new entrants in the province for the upcoming general election in 2024.

Out of the 48 candidates nominated by the party for 58 constituencies, 43 have switched their loyalties from other parties and joined the PML-N in recent months. The PML-N has issued tickets to 42 candidates for the provincial assembly and 16 candidates for the National Assembly.

The PML-N has preferred such candidates who were former members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP), the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), the Balochistan National Party (BNP) and independents over its own workers who have been with the party for years.

According to Hum Investigation Team, only five candidates are old faithfuls of the party, namely Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan Nasir, Mir Dost Khan Domki, Faiq Ali Jamali, Nawab Salman Khan Jamali, and Jamal Shah Kakar, who have been awarded party tickets.

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Independent candidates, former candidates from the Balochistan Awami Party and Balochistan National Party each received three tickets. One candidate each from PTI, PPP, ANP, Muslim League Qaumi, JUI Pakistan, and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal were also given tickets by the PML-N.

The party has also introduced some fresh faces in the province, such as Sardarzada Umair Muhammad Husni, who has been fielded for the provincial assembly seat of PB-32.

The PML-N has nominated 16 candidates National Assembly seats and 42 for provincial assembly seats in Balochistan.

In the 2018 elections, the party had contested 11 national and 30 provincial seats, and had given tickets to only two old candidates.

in 2018, the PML-N failed to win a single seat of the National Assembly and the provincial assembly in Balochistan.

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