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PML-N to commence general elections campaign in Karachi today | Pakistan

KARACHI: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is set to officially commence its campaigning for the general elections of 2018 here in the city today (Monday), the party’s president said.

Shehbaz Sharif, who is leading the PML-N as its president, said last night that he would be coming to Karachi soon to hold “some rallies and meetings”.

Seemingly in a positive mood, Sharif, the former chief minister of Punjab, added that his party, which ruled Pakistan for the past five years and handed over the leadership to the caretaker government last month, has made good on the promises it made back in 2013.

There “is almost no electricity load-shedding in the country” in the present day, the PML-N president said, adding that peace had returned to Karachi, with the Pakistan Rangers, a paramilitary law enforcement agency, having worked hard day and night and making sacrifices.

Sharif stressed that he and his party would make every effort to fulfil any promises that they make in the upcoming general elections.

‘Have certain responsibilities towards’ Begum Kulsoom

Earlier on Sunday, Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister and now-PML-N Quaid, remarked that he would be unable to participate in the soon-to-start electoral campaign for the forthcoming general elections, especially due to the health of his wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Speaking to reporters in London on Sunday, he had said his wife was suffering from an infection, which had resulted in a fever.

“Kulsoom Nawaz is my wife. I have certain responsibilities towards her,” he commented.

Prior to that, Nawaz, on Saturday, had explained to the media outside the Harley Street Clinic that his wife was struggling for her life and that he would only return to Pakistan after her condition improves.

Begum Kulsoom has been undergoing treatment in London for past few months, ever since she was admitted to the hospital last August after doctors diagnosed her with throat cancer. 

“Can I think of going back to Pakistan under such circumstances when [Begum] Kulsoom is on the ventilator? Do you think I should return to Pakistan leaving behind my wife in such a condition?” he asked reporters.

The PML-N supremo and his daughter, Maryam, who reached London on June 14 to tend to the former premier’s wife, “will decide about going back to Pakistan once Kulsoom’s health improves in next few days.”

Begum Kulsoom was shifted to the hospital’s ICU on June 14 after she suffered a cardiac arrest. She had since been on life support.

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