LONDON: Former Member of the National Assembly Raja Riaz Ahmed has announced joining the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N).
Raja arrived in London where he met PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif and expressed full confidence in their leadership. On the occasion, he officially announced joining the party.
Senator Ishaq Dar, Mian Nasir Janjua, Ataullah Tarar, Nasir Janjua, Malik Ahmad Khan, Azam Nazir Tarar and Amjad Pervaiz were also present. PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif welcomed Raja Riaz to the party.
Speaking to reporters before the meeting, the former opposition leader said he would hold political discussions regarding the return of Nawaz Sharif and the upcoming elections.
Riaz said the important decision will be made in the next few days. He said the PML-N will win the next elections. Regarding the elections, he said the polls will be held around February 15. “I have given the date of the election as February 15, the election will be held a week before or after,” Raja Riaz said.
He said Nawaz Sharif will have a great reception upon arrival as he has his own vote bank. “Muslim League is an old party. Nawaz Sharif would not have returned if the PML-N had run away from the elections,” Riaz said.
Raja Riaz served as Leader of Opposition in National Assembly after the ouster of Imran Khan as prime minister. In March 2022, he was among the 20 PTI MNA who joined the opposition to pass a successful no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In April 2022, the National Assembly passed this motion securing 174 votes, resulting in the collapse of the PTI government. Since the majority of PTI MNAs resigned from parliament in protest, he was appointed Leader of the Opposition.
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