In the following column (Urdu, published in daily Dunya, 31 March 2013), veteran columnist Nazir Naji hints that Najam Sethi was long in knowledge of his nomination as caretaker Chief Minister Punjab as a consensus candidate of Pakistan’s military establishment and ruling political parties. Recently Shaheen Sehbai revealed that Sethi went to meet Nawaz Sharif at least thrice to request for a PML-N ticket in the forthcoming elections. However, instead of the election ticket, Sharif agreed to give him the caretaker CM’ship in hope that Sethi will once again repeat his performance (as caretaker federal minister) of the 1996 elections which were heavily rigged in favour of Nawaz Sharif’s PML.
Appendix 1: Najam Sethi met thrice with Nawaz Sharif requesting PMLN ticket – Shaheen Sehbai
Appendix 2: Kabarnak 30 Mar 2013 – Najam Sethi nad his Munna with Aftab Iqbal