PML-N Appeasing Estranged Leaders

December 06, 2017

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) is gearing up for the new election season with full force. Despite the political landscape not being in their favour, the party is doing everything in its capacity to retain its voter base. One strategy that the party has adopted is one of rejuvenating old allegiances and letting bygones be bygones. This is especially true in the case of former party members Javed Hashmi and Ghous Ali Shah.

Veteran politician Javed Hashmi met his former political leader Nawaz Sharif at the Punjab House on Monday. The two leaders met to reconcile their differences, Javed Hashmi also expressed several reservations about party politics and there are talks of him rejoining the same party he ditched to join the bandwagon of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI). Opposition leader, Khurshid Shah, was quick to comment on the meeting. According to him Javed Hashmi was one of the senior leaders in the party after the Sharifs, but now he will take his time to gain that position in the party again. PML-N and Javed Hashmi have pledged to fight for democracy together during this meeting.

The next person that the party contacted was estranged leader Ghous Ali Shah. According to reports, Maryam Nawaz personally contacted Shah and assured him of removing all his reservations if he plans to rejoin the party. At the moment, the leader is considering the offer made by PML-N.

If one is to consider both the instances, PML-N is outdoing itself by wooing these leaders to rejoin the party. It is never too late to accept the difference that rise among party member. Also, these very leaders make up the core of the party. However, while this move must be appreciated, PML-N should be condemned for trying to snub dissenting voices in the party. A case in point is party members Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and MNA Raza Hayat Harraj for openly opposing the re-election of Nawaz Sharif as party president. The party as a result has decided to take disciplinary action against the two.

However, as a party who has been practising politics for a long time now; they should realise that not every party member will agree to the agenda outlined by them. And as a party, they should accommodate dissenting views and instead of trying to discipline them, they should try to win them back as well.