ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has claimed that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), would emerge as the single largest party of the country in the upcoming general elections and Shehbaz Sharif would be the candidate for next premiership after winning majority seats.
He said this while talking to a private news channel on Wednesday.
Shehbaz Sharif is party president and if PML-N wins with majority seats, then he would be nominated as premier of the country after consultation, he said.
Expressing optimism, he said elections would be conducted on time, however, any attempt to delay upcoming elections would have a negative impact on the country.
Commenting on the selection of caretaker chief minister of Punjab, he said choosing an unbiased personality was imperative to running the affairs of interim-set up in the province. Abbasi also said that the PML-N had given three names which were unbiased.
To a question about the former interior minister, he said Chaudhry Nisar was a part of the party, adding that everybody holds the right to express his reservation or have a personal point of view.
About those leaving the party, he said, it would not have an effect on the PML-N.
To another question about contesting elections, he said that he would follow the decision of the party for contesting the election.
Replying to a question he said that without increasing exports, the country could never become prosperous.
There is need to revisit national finance commission award, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi added.
He said that there is a need to fulfil the basic needs of the federation, adding that extra amount should be distributed to provinces through NFC.
To a question about loans borrowed by the government, he said no government could run the affairs of the state without getting loans. However, he said that it was most important to utilize the loans on development projects so that the people could enjoy the benefits at the appropriate time.
About Musharraf, he said that the former dictator left the country on the orders of the court.