The tickets were given by party chairman Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, who along with other party leaders visited the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and submitted papers of party candidates for the March 3 election of the Senate, the upper house of parliament.
He said while talking to journalists outside the Election Commission that as chairman of the party, he held the authority to issue party tickets.
Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting at Punjab House for consultations on the new leader of the party a day after he was removed as PML-N head following a Supreme Court judgement that also nullified all official party decisions taken by Sharif since his disqualification in July previous year. "First they took the powers of executive and now they have taken the powers of the parliament", he said referring to the apex court judges.
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The commission in its order said that since the Supreme Court had declared all the directives issued by Nawaz Sharif illegal with effect from July 28, 2017, the validity of the candidates nominated by him required elucidation by the ECP. The decision of ECP means that technically PML-N is out of race of Senate elections as time for fresh nominations has already expired, a statement said. The postponement of elections was not considered viable for the democratic process in the country. Later he met his party leaders and activists at Punjab House.
Pakistan People's Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto on Thursday said that the law is not person-specific, adding that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf will both have to face accountability. Practically, the candidates need support of the PML-N for victory as they are elected by the provincial assemblies and after winning the election they will join the party. He said that under ECP rules and regulations, there was no room for changing the affiliation of a candidate.