Islamabad: in the absence of a consensus candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Abdul Qair Gilani, a son of former prime minister Yousug Raza Gilani will win July 19 by-polls in NA-151, Multan, The News International quoted experts as saying on Wednesday.Both the parties failed to field in the constituency vacated by ex-PM Gilani after his after disqualification.
The paper said the contest will now be between Gilani and Shaukat Bosan, brother of PTI leader Sikandar Bosan and arch rival of Yusuf Raza Gilani in this constituency who defeated him in 1997 polls on PML-N ticket and in 2002 elections on PML-Q ticket.
According to the newspaper the PTI rejected a PML-N offer to bring a consensus “PML-N” candidate in these by-elections and in return PML-N will not field any candidate against Sikandar Bosan in the next general elections.
It said the PTI decided to continue its boycott of by-elections and thus Shaukat Bosan, brother of Sikandar Bosan was launched as an independent candidate not to give the Gilanis a free run. PML-N was to award the ticket to one of its many aspiring candidates, most probably, Malik Ishaq Bucha but now he/they will contest as independents.
The News said On Monday, July 2, 2012, Sardar Zulfqar Khosa, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar and Pervaiz Rashid went to Multan to negotiate with Sikandar Bosan at the home of a common friend Athar Khakwani on the point that a triangular contest will only result in the victory of Gilani whereas if PML-N and PTI succeeded in bringing forward a consensus candidate he will easily win.
According to the newspaper, it was argued by PML-N side that because of this local constituency situation, Gilani will continue his propaganda against the Supreme Court that although he was rejected by the judiciary, the “court of the people” still accepted him.
The PML-N team also argued during the meeting that if SC is handing down great judgments, which both the parties support publicly, PTI and PML-N should also work to strengthen the institution. “This is not some personal or constituency politics issue but it will emerge as a national issue at the end,” the paper quoted the PML-N side as having argued.