ISLAMABAD - JAVAID-UR-RAHMAN - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is passing through an internal rift due to divergence of opinion on the prevailing political scenario between two groups within the party. One of the groups is supporting a dialogue process with PPP keeping in the view the ongoing political crises in the country, while the other group wants to follow constitutional provisions for talks with the government about caretaker setup.

The ruling PPP, facing enormous pressure from different corners, wants to dissolve national and provincial assemblies at a time to hold general elections on the same day, while the PML-N in its ranks has different opinions to facilitate PPP or not in this situation, said a source in PML-N.

To cover around one month gap as National Assembly’s term would be mature on March 16, 2013 while the Punjab Assembly’s term would be mature on April 18, 2013, PPP wants to dissolve both the assemblies on the same date.  It is relevant to mention here that after the refusal by Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan to hold talks with four-member committee formed by President Asif Ali Zardari for holding negotiations with the PML-N over installing a consensus caretaker setup for the upcoming elections, the PML-N leader Ishaq Dar was given task to hold talks with the government’s negotiators.

The four-member committee comprises Syed Khursheed Shah, Mian Raza Rabbani, Farooq H Naek and Nazar Mohammad Gondal. As, sources claim that Ch Nisar has clearly termed that such act would be tantamount to violation of the 20th Constitutional Amendment. “The leader of the house Raja Pervez Ashraf would hold talks with leader of the opposition for caretaker setup under the constitution,” he added.

The source said that Chaudhry Nisar views that as an opposition leader in the National Assembly could not hold dialogue with the committee constituted to discuss formation of caretaker government as only he would do so with the leader of the house.

When contacted, PML-N central leader Mushahid Ullah said that there could be difference of opinion among the members of any party. “In PML-N everyone has right to express his views but eventually the leadership give final decision of important matters,” said PML-N spokesman, adding that whatever Ch Nisar said was according to the Constitution. “Whatever Ch Nisar opined is constitutionally right,” he maintained. To a question about visible cracks in PML-N, he repeated that all the party members give their opinions on different matters but party leadership takes final decision.