A slew of independent candidates is joining the PML-N since Saturday after clinching seats in both National and provincial assemblies.
Elected as an independent candidate from Rajanpur's NA-189, Shamsher Ali Mazari, is the third independent candidate in the National Assembly to join the former ruling party.
Mazari announced his decision in a video statement, saying he has consulted his associates, after which he has decided to support the state that he is loyal to.
“For the welfare of the state, I have decided to join the PML-N,” Mazari says in a video doing the rounds on social media where he could be seen speaking while travelling in a car.
Mazari clinched 38,875 votes against PML-N's Sardar Riaz's 32,000.
Similarly, Muhammad Sohail, an independent candidate elected from Punjab Assembly’s PP-240 constituency, Khurram Virk from PP-48 and PP-49's Rana Muhammad Fayyaz have also joined the PML-N.
Later on Sunday, Taimoor Lali, independent candidate from PP-94, also joined the PML-N. Also, MPA-elect from Rajanpur's PP-297, Sardar Khizar Khan Mazari, a PTI-backed independent candidate, also announced his intention to join the PML-N. Mazari won with 39,206 votes against PML-N’s Sardar Mir Dost Mazari’s 30,933 votes.
Fayyaz said he expressed complete confidence in the PML-N leadership, and will meet them today.
From Chiniot also, Sardar Zulfiqar, a successful candidate from PP-96, joined the PML-N. He said he took the decision for the welfare and development of the region.
Zulfiqar Ali Shah has been elected MPA after defeating Syed Hasan Murtaza of the PPP.
On Saturday, independent candidates Raja Khurram Nawaz elected as MNA from NA-48 and Mian Muhammad Khan Bugti from NA-253 announced to join the PML-N.