PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif has questioned the governing ability of those who are claiming that if voted into power, they would transform the socio-economic landscape of the country. In an obvious reference to Imran Khan’s PTI, he pooh-poohed the very idea of their coming to power. Mian Nawaz asserted that his ‘revolution would sweep away the (PTI’s) tsunami’. At the same time, he professed that he himself had brought change in 1998 as prime minister, and that the second phase of that change would occur when the party regained power in the near future. Addressing a gathering of party workers in Peshawar on Wednesday, Mian Nawaz said the PML-N had a mission for the future. He urged Pakhtuns to contribute towards his efforts to bring the country’s development back on track, saying that had his reign of governance not been interrupted, Pakistan would by now have been prosperous, if allowed to continue in the direction set by him at that time.

Such rosy hindsight and blind optimism is not unexpected from Mian Nawaz Sharif. However, at present his own problems controlling his party are hardly a ringing endorsement in his promises of bringing about a revolution.

The PML-N President is, turning a blind eye to certain vital desertions, of late of former PMLN stalwarts, who have now joined arms with PTI ranks. To name some of the electable candidates who have recently left PML-N, Senior Vice President of the party Javed Hashmi, Senior Vice President of PML-N K-P Saranjam Khan, Inamullah Khan Niazi and his brother Najeeb Niazi.

His apparent indifference to the weakening strength of the PML-N will not stand Mian Sahib in good stead. He has only to give it a moment’s reflection to realise what is a commonly held view among all political experts. His stubbornness and incomprehensible refusal to unite the PML factions, is not only a politically unwise decision, but it is so clearly needed that in the face of his refusal to take the necessary steps, even his most loyal party workers, who have suffered personally to further the party's cause, have defected. Time after time, he has turned down wiser counsels urging him to reunite the various factions into which the PML has been divided. With elections merely a year away, there is little time for him to set things right. The best bet is that a sincere and steadfast effort to reunite the various groupings of the Muslim League to provide the united party a fair chance of a good showing at the next general elections, otherwise Mian Sahib's bravery in facing the combined Tsunami and Zoonami, may be very foolish indeed.