PML-N won't contest assembly dissolution.

LAHORE -- PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif attending an important party meeting via video link from London directed its leaders and workers on Saturday to start preparation for elections in Punjab and pledged that the federal coalition would not be 'blackmailed' by PTI Chairman Imran Khan's demand to hold snap elections in the country.

Also, Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman after a meeting with PM Shehbaz said he decided not to sign Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi's advice to dissolve the Punjab Assembly.

'I have decided not to become part of the process leading to the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly. I would rather let the Constitution and law take their own course. Doing so will not hamper any legal process as the Constitution clearly provides a way forward,' Mr Rehman tweeted.

It is believed that the Sharif brothers after consulting other party leaders stopped the governor from signing the summary to lend strength to PML-N's stance that it opposed the dissolution of the assembly.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif earlier presided over the meeting at Model Town which was virtually attended by senior party leaders. Besides the party supremo, PML-N chief organiser Maryam Nawaz participated in it through a video link from London. After the meeting, the PML-N said Nawaz Sharif had made a 'big decision' (in the party huddle), directing leaders and workers to start preparing for elections in Punjab.

'Mr Sharif also directed PM Shehbaz to constitute a party's parliamentary board (for award of tickets). He also asked the participants to go into the polls with full passion, confidence and preparation as the PML-N would have to emerge victorious.'

Punjab governor decides not to sign CM Elahi's advice

PM's special assistant Attaullah Tarar told reporters after the meeting that it had also decided not to challenge the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly at any forum. 'The party leadership has given a go-ahead for preparation of elections in Punjab and...

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