Tuesday did not turn out to be a good day for major opposition political party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), as the absence of its top leadership—Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif—was questioned by its own party loyalists in Islamabad whereas six of its members in the Punjab Assembly also shared pleasantries in a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar simultaneously.
The party held a brain storming session in Islamabad to discuss prevailing political situation in the country but the participants criticized their leadership for not taking them into confidence in major political decisions vis-à-vis voting to extend tenure of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The absence of opposition leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif also came under scathing criticism by some PML-N lawmakers who believed that younger Mian Sahib should return home at the earliest to prove political opponents wrong that Sharif brothers were not running away from political arena.
PML-N leadership including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ahsan Iqbal were trying to cover up the situation arisen in the party’s consultative meeting, television screens aired breaking news regarding a meeting held between Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and six MPAs of the PML-N led by Nishat Ahmed Daha.
The other members were Abu Hafas Ghayasuddin, Chaudhry Ashraf, Faisal Niazi, Mohammad Arshad and Azhar Abbas. Ghazanfar Ali Khan of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was also among the participants.
The official handout issued by the Chief Minister says that members reposed trust in provincial government and extended their support. Opposition leader in the provincial assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, who attends Punjab Assembly session on production order from jail, has taken notice of the meeting and sought explanation from dissidents.
PPP has also decided to serve explanation notice to its member for violating party’s discipline to meet Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. There has been a strong feeling that PML-N will face more shocks in future if the top leadership continues to stay away from the scenario and damage control is not done timely.
As per media reports, the number of dissidents can go up in days to come. Though, party’s supremo Nawaz Sharif has been receiving medical treatment in the United Kingdom but younger Sharif will most likely continue to face tough questions regarding his prolong stay in London.
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