PML-N staring at forward bloc in ranks?

  • Dost Khosa claims support of 80 Punjab MNAs, MPAs
  • Sanaullah laughs away attempts at grouping disgruntled leaders


The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is about to face another major political challenge as former Punjab chief minister Dost Muhammad Khosa has swung into action to form a forward bloc in the ruling party.

However, former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah has ruled out formation of the forward bloc.

Sources said that around 80 MNAs and MPAs from Punjab would join the forward bloc, expected to be headed by Senator Zulfiqar Muhammad Khosa.

Dost Khosa said that efforts were underway to make the bloc, which would comprise disgruntled leaders and workers of the Sharifs-led PML-N. He claimed that he enjoyed support from several discontented PML-N leaders and workers “who could also submit their resignations in the next phase”.


Reacting to these reports, PML-N stalwart Rana Sanaullah said that there was no room for any forward bloc in the party.

He said that Dost Muhammad Khosa’s decision to form a forward bloc shows his dissatisfaction with the party. He also said that this was the party’s internal matter and not something that could not be addressed by the party leaders.

However, Sanaullah admitted that some party leaders were not happy with their leadership.

In an answer to a question, he said Dost Khosa could meet him whenever he wished so. “Khosa and his father have never made any complaint to the party,” he said, adding that loyalty was the only way to earn respect in politics.

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