ISLAMABAD The powerful Rajput lobby in the PML-N had been instrumental in convincing the party Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to end his opposition to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, well-placed party sources informed TheNation on Friday. The sources were of the view that Nawaz had taken strong position against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as new name for the NWFP on March 25 after provincial chapter of NWFP decided in bloc to tender their resignations from the party if the central party leadership supported the new name. That was precise reason of Nawaz Sharifs decision to publicly oppose the new name. Appointment of judges was secondary issue, insiders of that meeting told TheNation. The sources further informed that every body was surprised even within the party when some people in the party prevailed upon Nawaz and he swiftly changed his position. Background discussion and interviews with other politicians suggest that it was an afterthought of PML-N Quaid that was imposed on him by the powerful Rajput lobby within the party. They were of the view that the move to support Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had broadly two-fold objectives; firstly to win over the sympathies of majority ethnic Pakhtuns as principal stakeholders in the power politics of the country, and secondly it was aimed at to discourage those political forces, especially in the Southern Punjab, which are demanding independent provinces. The Hindko speaking population in Hazara region, largely following the political philosophy of Pakistan Muslim League, had been lobbying since long to merge with Punjab in case of such eventuality. They had been subjected to racial discrimination by the majority Pakhtun population in that province which always regarded them as Punjabis, the sources informed. The sources further informed that the PML-N had parliamentary representation largely from Hazara, and it had taken unprecedented decision against the wishes of the people who had once got elected Nawaz from Hazara. They predicted very disappointing position for the PML-N from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the next general elections, saying the major political beneficiary of these developments were political forces such as the ANP, PPP and JUI (F).