Truth Tracker Leaks 01 Jan, 2018

Party chairs’ insular decision-making

TTLeaks disclose that the senior leadership of Pakistan’s major parties are not happy with their leaders’ practices.

Some of the grieviences include not listening to the their parliamentary groups or paying attention to their central comittees.

In case of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) the senior leadership is weary that most decisions are not taken with the consent of all members but only a few closest members are heeded by Nawaz Sharif. The most prominent among them are Irfan Siddiqui, Absar Alam and Pervez Rashid, etc. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan openly criticised the party chair for this lack of democracy within the party.

For instance, in 2014, then Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with PML-N’s parliamentarians where, after deliberations, it was decided that the he would announce the launch of a full scale operation against the terrorists during the National Assembly session the next morning. However, the members of the National Assembly were shocked to find their prome minister announcing talks to be held with the terrorists instead. This was apparently the result of Nawaz Sharif’s discussion with his closest aids.

In Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Zardari’s decisionmaking style has many leaders worried. Even Bilawal Bhutto Zardai has allegedly voiced his reservations against the selective manner of decionmaking prevlant in the party.

Asif Zardari’s closest confidants include Saleem mandiwala, Mohsin Naqvi (owner Channel24, City42) and, Malik Riaz.

During an internal meeting in 2016, Aitzaz Ahsan urged the party leadership to adhere to the leftist politics. Rejecting that argument Asif Zardari scoffed declaring that the politics of right or left is passe and politics is politics now.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan is no exception in this regard. Over the last few years disgruntled politicians and ex-associates have voiced their concerns over the insularity of the party leader. Most party leaders have reservations that important party decisions do not take place by the central committee and they feel left out of the loop altogether.

Those closes to Imran Khan are Jahangir Tareen, Naeemul Haq, Faisal Javed Khan, etc.

So party chairs beware! Tabdeeli, change, is critical for a healthy party.

PML-N’s sore point

PML-N seems resolute in its decision to hold on to the controversial Rana Sanaullah amid the looming storm of protests threatening to fell its government.

In doing so PML-N is going against the grain of the verbal promise communicated to Resentment is brewing in the party leadership for this ill-planned decision, as party seems willing to sacrifice its future for Rana Sanaullah.

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