The disquiet in the PML-N top ranks
The sources near the PML-N whisper of a rift going on in their top cadres. Apparently Mian Nawaz Sharif’s dallying over naming the predecessor PM caused bad blood between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Shahbaz Sharif.
Now that elder Sharif is out of the way and a non-Sharif is holding reigns, Abbasi would have liked to, briefly said, be a PM. But it seems that this is not the case and while the older Mian sahib is away the younger Sharif’s competitive streak is breathing hard on Abbasi.
PML-N party members have witnessed that even on significant national issues the younger Sharif has tried to steal the PM Abbasi’s light. They were discontented over a recent public address in Lahore, where Saad Rafique, the minister of Railways, called younger Sharif PM of Pakistan.
Only last month the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Summit on Jerusalem, held in Turkey, invited state premiers to participate. Naturally Abbasi was to represent Pakistan. However, it appears that the younger Sharif used his personal favour with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earning an invitation to the Summit and prove his importance.
It seems that elder Sharif has been aware of this friction from the get-go and has been trying his utmost to keep peace within his party. With elections on the horizon, any signs of tear or shambling in the party could irreparably damage the party. How elder Sharif manages to salvage this situation is, however, anyone’s guess.
A marriage made in hell
The marriage between Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) wasn’t made in heaven it seems. From what we hear Tahir ul Qadri is growing increasingly frustrated with Imran Khan, so much so that he has decided to part ways with PTI.
So of his discomfort was witnessed from last month’s jalsa, public congregation, in Lahore. Qadri sahib was ill at ease and didn’t share the center stage with IK.
We are told that Qadri sahib has decided that PAT will now go to courts and take the legal route to deliver the government and not take to streets. Earlier it was rumoured that PAT will accompany PTI in a massive street agitation.