LAHORE – The main opposition PML-N has postponed its February 17 Multan public meeting, apparently on the plea of by-elections in the division’s three constituencies. However, sources say that the party’s lack of interest in continuing its anti-Zardari campaign in the context of a changed political scenario is the main reason for the postponement.

Sources in the PML-N also say that the Multan rally, for the success of which task was assigned to party newcomers from Multan, was called off on their suggestion. No new date has been decided yet.

The N sources say that the party leaders and workers are busy in electioneering so that the deferment of the public meeting was a right step.

They, however, believe that holding of the meeting would have been a very impressive show of public support to the party in Multan, where it has suffered the loss of Javed Hashmi some three months back.

They also say that the party leadership these days is focusing more on the memogate and other issues. The Multan rally, they believe, will take place after the by-elections. But the N sources added that the party is “very much sticking to its stance against corruption and anti-masses policies of the PPP-led government”.

Some other political sources, however, claim that giving no new date for the meeting means that the party has pushed back its the anti-Zardari drive on its priority list. They say the diminished interest of the party leadership in holding public meetings against the Centre, especially President Zardari, is the result of the changed political scene.  Since October last, the PML(N) has been all-out against Zardari and his PPP, and the Multan public meeting was taking place in connection with that very venom, especially after the party put up good shows in Lahore, Gujranwala and other parts of the country.