KARACHI - Former Sindh Chief Minister Mumtaz Bhutto and his colleagues stick to their stance to part ways with the ruling PML-N and revive Sindh National Party (SNF) if the prime minister or any other leader does not address their reservations.
According to the party sources, the central leaders of PML-N have contacted Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, urging him not to part ways with the party in a hurry as PM Nawaz Sharif will convene a meeting to resolve the issues soon.
The party leaders confirmed the resignation of Amir Bakhsh Bhutto as an adviser to the prime minister had not been accepted, asking him to wait for good results. The executive committee of the defunct Sindh National Front (SNF) met two days ago in Larkana and decided to tender resignations from the party unanimously.
Following the defunct SNF’s meeting, Amir Bakhsh Bhutto (son of Mumtaz Ali Bhutto) resigned as an adviser to the PM. In addition, other 12 officer bearers, including provincial vice presidents, joint secretaries and divisional presidents, also left PML-N.
Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, known as a talented cousin of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, merged his Sindh National Front (SNF) with PML-N on May 9, 2012, just one year before the last general elections held on May 11, 2013. PML-N Sindh Vice President Ayub Shar who is a close aide of Mumtaz Bhutto and former general secretary of the defunct SNF claimed a written agreement had been signed between Mumtaz Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif before formal announcement of merging SNF with PML-N. Sharing the four points of the written agreement, Ayub Shar told The Nation that Nawaz Sharif had undertaken that PML-N would not ally or reconcile with MQM and PPP. Besides, steps would be taken to review the existing NFC award for distribution of resources between the federation and the provinces as well as among the provinces and ensure provincial autonomy. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his party’s central leadership had ignored the organisational setup of the party in Sindh by giving free hand to PPP, he alleged.
Shar continued that after coming to power, the PML-N central leadership set aside the agreement with Mumtaz Bhutto, allied with MQM and started reconciling with PPP in Sindh.
Mumtaz Bhutto’s colleague further reminded that at the time of merger of SNF with PML-N, Nawaz Sharif had undertaken not to enter into any alliance with MQM. He had also promised to open the alleged corruption cases of Asif Ali Zardari and his team, he said, adding Nawaz Sharif had forgotten all the promises and the agreement.
He further said it seemed PML-N did not exist in Sindh as the province lacked provincial organisational setup at present. “The party leaders are facing political victimisation by PPP’s Sindh government, but no central leadership of PML-N came to their rescue,” he complained, claiming the PPP leaders was implicating Mumtaz Bhutto in four false murders cases, lodging FIRs against the Shirazi brothers of Thatta, Liaquat Jatoi in Dadu, Ismail Rahu in Badin and other PML-N leaders in the province.
“A meeting of the central committee of SNF will be convened to chalk out future strategy if the prime minister and his team do not take steps to address the reservations of Mumtaz Bhutto,” he warned without giving any deadline.