It was pretty much expected. According to PML-N sources, Nawaz has decided to withdraw nomination papers filed from NA-123. They have cited a very cosmetic reason for this decision. They say that Nawaz Sharif wants to give a chance to a worker who resisted the dictatorship to contest the election.
Why not then Mian sahib give chance to some other worker to lead the party at national or at the provincial level? He has even lost his seat in Mansehra just because of nepotism. NA-21 Mansehra was lost by PML-N in the bi-elections. This seat was vacant because the PML-N candidate died, and then in the bi-elections PML-N came at number 3. The main reason was because the candidate from PML-N was the brother of captain Safdar, who is the son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif.
Now Nawaz Sharif is also playing with his Lahore seat and it is quite possible that PML-N may loose here. The obvious reason is that Nawaz Sharif has given pledge to the King of Saudi Arabia to not to take part in active politics for ten years. Also he doesn’t want to strengthen this assembly by sitting into it.