Paving way for Nawaz to take over party, Shehbaz Sharif resigns as PML-N president

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stepped down as the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday, paving the way for party supremo and three-time former premier Nawaz Sharif to be elected as the party head.

Party leader Marriyum Aurangzeb confirmed the news in a post on X that had the premier’s resignation letter attached.

A meeting of the party’s central committee has been called now on May 18.

In a letter addressed to the party secretary general, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Shehbaz wrote: “I am writing to address a pivotal moment in the history of our party, Pakistan Muslim League (N), and to reaffirm my unwavering commitment to its principles and values.”

“Reflecting on the tumultuous events of 2017, which resulted in the unjust disqualification of our esteemed leader and Quaid, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, from the Prime Minister’s office and the presidency of our party, I am reminded of the resilience and fortitude with which our party has faced adversity under his leadership.” he maintained.

The premier added, “In the face of adversity, Quaid Mohammad Nawaz Sharif entrusted me with the responsibility of assuming the presidency of the party, a duty I have upheld with utmost dedication and sincerity.”

“I am cognizant that this role has always been viewed as a trust, or “amanaat,” bestowed upon me by our revered leader. I am heartened by recent developments that have exonerated our leader with dignity, affirming his unblemished integrity and commitment to the service of our nation.”

“In light of these developments and the steadfast guidance of our beloved leader, I believe the time has come for Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to resume his rightful place as the President of Pakistan Muslim League (N) and provide his invaluable leadership and vision to steer the party forward.

“Therefore, it is with a deep sense of duty and reverence for our party’s principles that I tender my resignation as the President of Pakistan Muslim League (N).”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's resignation as party president. SOURCE: PML-N

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s resignation as party president. SOURCE: PML-N

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's resignation as party president. SOURCE: PML-N

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s resignation as party president. SOURCE: PML-N

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