LAHORE - The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will welcome the Pakistan People’s Party in Punjab under the stewardship of the old political campaigner Qamar Zaman Kaira, who has been newly appointed the party president of the Central Punjab.

The ruling PML-N which is deeply rooted in Punjab, however, has got to its guard ahead of full-fledged PPP presence under Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Kaira, by way of strengthening its ranks and files.

The ruling party, which had been enjoying full sway over the Punjab since election 2008, is going to fashion the trend of observing strict discipline within the party so that the trickledown effect is seen at the workers’ level to get them closely thick with the party and win new voters. In this new scheme, the PML-N is going to reinforce its ranks instead of pitting itself against the rivals, as such party is going to pioneer new thinking and idea in the national politics.

“We are not scared of the PPP arrival in Punjab under Bilawal Bhutto and Kaira rather we welcome this party in the province where it would be given full opportunity to do politics as of its fundamental right,” PML-N City President Muhammad Pervez Malik told The Nation. “However, we expect the PPP would abide by rules of the game,” he said while shrugging off the impression that the PPP is coming to Punjab to regain its lost popularity of Bhutto’s era as such it posed a threat to the PML-N vote-bank.

“We are calm and comfortable yet. We want to put our own House in order by enforcing strict discipline.”

Malik said the PML-N has adopted the policy of zero tolerance to indiscipline from any side and the process to identify and punish the elements insolence to the party rules and regulations has been started from Lahore. Referring to the formation of a committee comprising senior members of the PML-N, he said this body has been set up on the instruction of the leadership after reports emerged about the persons who violating the party lines favoured the rival candidates or facilitated their win in the elections on the reserved seats.

The PML-N leader stated any chairman or vice chairman or individual on being found guilty would face the consequences of section seven of Political Parties Act and would be de-seated.

It may be mentioned that the PPP as a matter of political revival in Punjab after it badly lost two elections from this province mainly at the hand of PML-N, has announced to come up with a bang in Punjab.

Last week, the PPP leadership appointed seasoned politician and former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira as President of the party’s Central Punjab Chapter. The party chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, while staying in the city over last four days, has announced to embark on mass contact drive in the province after he would personally interview the party office holders at every tier by December 2 next implementing party reorganisation.

The PPP is also due to hold an open convention in the city to observe its Foundation Day on November 30 while its leadership is mulling the option of landing co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari in the city on his return from one and half years stay abroad and manage the same public reception for him which the slain leader Benazir Bhutto had in the past.

The PPP has worked out an elaborate plan to restore the party to the same position which it had in late 80s or start 90s when its popularity was conduit to its election victory under BB leadership.

The City General Secretary of PML-N, Khwaja Imran Nazir, is quite optimistic that the N-League would be more powerful and strong in Punjab in the time to come and it would produce result even better than what it did in the last elections in the province. He said they are re-modelling things in the party to put it on even stronger footings, and for that end Lahore has been picked up to become a role model for other districts in the province.

Keeping the party office bearers and workers strictly bound by the party constitution they have taken new initiatives, Nazir ruled out the PPP could ever be any threat to the PML-N in any way. He also overruled Qamar Zaman Kaira’s leadership role in Central Punjab as making any difference and he found Kaira “riding a dead horse” in the province. However, he said, they respect the PPP and want to see it survived as a political party.