PML(N) Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif has said that he opposes the return to the party of those who damaged the party in the Musharraf era. In an interview to a private TV channel, he referred to the Chaudhrys of Gujrat, and that the return of such elements would damage the party. He said this in the backdrop of re-unification of PML factions under the Pir of Pagaro. It seems that the hard line which Mian Nawaz had taken against former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf has been extended by him to all of Musharrafs former supporters, even though so many were formerly members of his party, and so many of whom had come back to the PML(N). Mian Nawazs hardline stand in the reunification of the PML shows a tendency for him to put personal interests above those of the party. The unity of the PML has been a key factor in the prosperity of the country, and thus the current reunification efforts bear a national importance rather than merely that of a party. Mian Nawaz may think that the PML(N) is his party, but he should be clear that the PML is a state of mind, whose bearers see him as the best representative they have. If bringing the Chaudhrys of Gujrat onboard at this stage helps in the process of unification, he should not hesitate. It is a bitter truth that the Muslim League name and fame has been used by military dictators, dating back to President Ayub Khans creation of the Convention Muslim League. Its Secretary-General was Ch Zahoor Elahi, the father and uncle of the Chaudhrys, and thus the help the Chaudhrys extended to General Musharraf was not a departure, but part of a family tradition. Rather than particular individuals, those behind reunification efforts should make sure that the party is never again misused, particularly now that there is so much talk of a takeover. The Muslim League is too valuable a national asset to be allowed to fall into the hands of any group, or to be as split as it is at present.