PML-N gears up efforts to divide Chaudhrys’ camp


In a bid to make its ‘Go-Zardari-Go’ movement purposeful at all costs before the Senate elections, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has started wooing PML-Quaid MNAs in the Chaudhrys’ camp after succeeding in winning support of the PML-Likeminded and PML-Q’s independent bloc of senators.
A source in the party told Pakistan Today that PML-N President Nawaz Sharif had assigned party leaders to contact PML-Q MNAs who were still affiliated with the Chaudhrys of Gujrat and had staged mutiny against party’s decision of joining the PPP-led coalition government. He said the PML-N’s current anti-government move was being supported by a minority group of PML-Q MNAs. “Hamayun Saifullah Khan and Kashmala Tariq are with us from the platform of the PML-Likeminded, while some others like Sumera Malik, Asim Nazir and Khadim Hussain Wattoo have also informally joined the PML-N ranks in their individual capacity,” he said, adding that a number of PML-Q dissident MNAs who were previously part of the likeminded group had now disassociated themselves from the PML-Likeminded and rejoined the Chaudhrys camp after the PPP-PML-Q power sharing deal.
“The PML-N leaders as well as the central command of the PML-Likeminded is lobbying to win back the support of Talib Nakai, Dewan Ashiq Bukhari, Riaz Fatiana, Sadiq Khan Baloch, Nauman Langrial and others who were once associated with the PML-Q dissident bloc in the National Assembly,” he said. The source said the PML-N had assigned Kashmala Tariq to rope in PML-Q MNAs from Sindh, including Arbab Zakaullah, Dr Ghulam Hyder Samejo and Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi.
A source in the PML-Q said a central leader of the PML-N also called on PML-Q’s Parliamentary Leader in the National Assembly and Housing Minister Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat on Wednesday to seek his support for the PML-N’s anti-government drive. “Some other prominent leaders of the Nawaz-led Muslim League are in constant contact with PML-Q ministers, including Sheikh Waqas Akram, Riaz Hussain Pirzada and Rana Asif Tauseef,” said the PML-Q source, adding that the PML-Q parliamentarians from the Chaudhrys camp had rejected PML-N’s offers. A central PML-Q leader said the PML-N leaders had told Q-Leaguers that their party was determined to topple the Zardari-Gilani-led government before March to sabotage the Senate election.
He said some other PML-Q MNAs, apart from those affiliated with the PML-Likeminded, had reservations with the Chaudhrys, like Awais Ahmed Leghari, but they were also against the Sharifs. “To counter the Sharifs’ campaign of robbing PML-Q men, the Chaudhrys of Gujrat have also launched a drive of appeasing disgruntled elements and Chaudhry Shujaat met Amir Muqam and Raza Hayat Hiraj (two disgruntled PML-Q ministers) on Wednesday and assured them that their concerns would be addressed,” the source said. A PML-N leader seeking not to be attributed said his party was not interested in winning support of PML-Q senators. “We are being supported by an independent bloc of PML-Q’s five senators leaded by Senator Tariq Azim … the senators belonging to the PML-Likeminded are also with us … we do not want to rope in the senators standing with the Chaudhrys … as the term of all PML-Q senators is ending next year except that of Shujaat, they are political outcasts, hence bear no political value for us,” he said.


  1. PML-N leader has no vision at all. We all have seen this in there 3 year government in Punjab. I feel now we have to find better Leader rather then to select again PML-N from Punjab. Hope these leader of PML-N either replace there leadership or get ready to lost the election in Punjab. And rest of Pakistan may try them as I don’t know what will be they deliver in other provinces. Earlier the elder brothers looted Punjab with both hands and now Hamza Shahabaz is ready to precede the same policies of his uncle and father. Sharif brothers are living a lavish life on the public money and provincial resources.

  2. InshaAllah PMLn will come in power and will show you and rest what they do for sake of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif is real man to lead Pakistan.

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