PML-N leaves Like-Minded in the lurch,Kashmala starts crying


    Sabir shah

    Sunday, March 31, 2013

    From Print Edition

    LAHORE: In its meeting held on Saturday to award party tickets to its electoral candidates, the PML-N Parliamentary Board has refused to accommodate its 12 “allies” hailing from the PML (Like-Minded) Group, a break-away faction of the PML-Q.

    Confirming the development, former MNA and an important member of the PML (Like-Minded) Kashmala Tariq told this correspondent: “This is nothing less than a breach of a contract. Not fulfilling a contractual obligation is a “Civil Wrong” under law.

    We had joined hands with the PML-N a few months ago when nobody was willing to side with them. The accord we had signed with Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N had clearly stated that the PML (Like-Minded) would be given 30 tickets for the forthcoming polls.

    The number of tickets was recently reduced to 12 and we had consented to this alteration in our original agreement with a heavy heart.

    But now, they have declined to give us any ticket, hence inflicting an astounding thud upon us.”

    A visibly distressed Kashmala added, “I presume that the breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust or confidence is nothing short of immorality.

    This act of PML-N leadership should fall under the ambit of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

    You see, they kept us in the dark till the eleventh hour and now when hardly a few hours are left to file the nomination papers for the fast approaching ballot exercise, we have been thumped irreversibly and profoundly by the Sharifs and their cronies.

    This is absolutely vindictive. We feel ditched.”

    To the sheer delight of the PML-Q leadership, their splinter faction comprising the likes of former Federal Commerce Minister Humayun Akhtar Khan, former Sindh Chief Minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim, two-time MNA Kashmala Tariq, Naveed Rizvi, Salim Saifullah Khan and former National Assembly Speaker Hamid Nasir Chatta etc, is now vehemently condemning the decision of the PML-N Parliamentary Board.

    The PML (Like-Minded) Group had emerged in 2009, after many stalwarts of the PML-Q had developed strong differences with the Chaudhrys of Gujrat.

    The Chaudhries were alleged by the dissenters of making important decisions without consulting any of the senior party members and of making the PML-Q a “family party.”

    This had consequently created a huge void in the original PML-Q and in 2011, more than 50 per cent of its members in the Punjab Assembly had decided to part ways with their original party and embrace the then Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, whose ship was otherwise confronting turbulent waves.

    This development had led to the kicking out of the Pakistan People’s Party from Punjab Government.

    In May 2012, the PML (Like-minded) Group had officially entered into an electoral alliance with Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz).



    With deadline for filing nomination papers expiring today (Sunday), major parties have failed to announce tickets for major districts leaving the aspirants high and dry.

    In Lahore, the PML-N remained indecisive and fell far short of announcing tickets for aspirants from major districts of the province.

    Party sources said the Sharifs, in order to preempt defections from the party, were keeping decisions on the ticket for the eleventh hour.

    Another senior leader said the party leadership deliberately withheld decisions to cool down angry workers protesting day in and day out against party’s selection process.

    Insiders said the PML-N had deferred the announcement of tickets for Lahore, Gujrawala and Faisalabad while announcing tickets to candidates from DG Khan, Sheikhupura and Sarghodha on Saturday.

    Surprisingly, Nawaz Sharif did not award tickets to the Leghari brothers, sons of former president Farooq Leghari.

    It has been learnt that the PML-N parliamentary board would meet on Tuesday to take up the remaining districts, especially Lahore.

    Meanwhile, the party high-ups have asked all aspirants to file nomination papers on their own for the time being, exposing those candidates to the scrutiny of Election Commission who stand less chances of getting tickets.

    Political analysts say the dithering over award of tickets would spoil the precious time of candidates, which he should otherwise spend in the constituency.

    Following the filing of nominations, ECP will start scrutiny of the candidates’ papers. This would be followed by a phase in which a candidate could file appeals and resort to withdrawal of his candidacy papers.

    On April 17 he could produce party ticket before ECP and in return would be allotted party symbol.

    The party sources expect quick decision-making once the deadline for nomination paper lapses.

    Politicians say parties only had time to firm up their decisions before April 17.

    “The leadership has everything in mind especially whom to award ticket. They are just avoiding backlash from those not likely to get a ticket. Hence they are buying time,” another insider revealed.

  • April fool in advance.


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