Nawaz for reaching out to ignored PML-N wings

ISLAMABAD –  Taking notice of growing resentment in the party’s wings for their complete blackout in the Central Working and Central Executive committees of the party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif directed the senior party leaders to look into the matter and redress their grievances.

Sources in the party informed The Nation that in the recently reconstituted Central Working Committee (CWC) and Central Executive Committee (CEC) the party labour, youth, women, traders and students’ wings were completely ignored and none of the wings were given representation in the central bodies of the party.

These wings were also not given representation in the provincial bodies of the party, whereas the members of these wings used to get berths in provincial as well as central bodies of the party as per the party’s constitution, a member of the PML-N youth wing informed The Nation.

Sources in the party said that even some of the senior party leaders, though not officially, but had lodged protest over the composition of both the CWC and the CEC, and questioned induction of some junior party leaders in those bodies only because of their closeness with the Sharif family.

A senior party leader who did not want to disclose his identity informed The Nation that the 27-member CEC included the names of Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as its members, whereas both the constitutional slots required neutrality on their part, and they could not hold such positions even under the constitution of Pakistan.

Sources in the party said that the heads of various wings of the party had lodged their protest with the leadership, and taking notice of the growing unrest and resentment in the party, the former premier had directed senior party leaders to look into the matter so that corrective measures could be taken.

Sources said that the party’s internal structure was yet to be completed and the bodies of those wings were also incomplete and only president and general secretary of those wings were announced, and rest of the slots such as senior vice-president, joint secretary, treasurer and information secretary were still vacant.  A member of youth wing said that they had taken up the matter with their seniors but no corrective measure was taken as those bodies had been dysfunctional even before the 2013 general elections.

He said that if corrective steps were not taken and the party’s wings and structure was not put in place soon, the party would suffer enormously in the upcoming general elections.

The youth wing member further said that when those wings, considered to be the backbone of any political party, was not having any representation in the main decision making bodies such as the CEC and the CWC of the party, then how their proposals and suggestions for making the party vibrant at grass-roots level would come in the knowledge of the party leadership.

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