Lahore: The by-elections announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has become a test of strength for the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), with PML-N leaving the final decision to Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Party sources said that PML-N itself is keen to compete for by-elections because it does not want to leave an open space for the government. However, the party must abide by the decision made by the PDM.
Sources further said that both PPP and PML-N are in favor of contesting by-elections while Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and Awami National Party (ANP) are not. The remaining PDM parties are ready to accept the decision taken by PDM as a whole.
It is believed that PDM leaders will make a decision at the January 2 meeting. The source said that extensive discussions have been held with Fazlur Rehman on Maryam Nawaz’s participation in the by-election. She wants to give the government a difficult time in the election, but the final decision lies with Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman.