LAHORE, July 22: The PPP top leaders by expressing their no confidence in the leadership of PML-N expressed that the reluctance of Shahbaz Sharif to attend the proposed post-Eid all party conference has not been received well by the host, The PPP leaders were of the view that PML-N always tricks its allies and is a hurdle in the alliance of the opposition.
A PML-N delegation consisting of Ahsan Iqbal, Ayaz Sadiq and Khwaja Saad Rafiq had called on Mr Bhutto on July 20 to discuss political cooperation and the APC the PPP was delaying for the last couple of weeks for want of Mr Sharif’s availability.
They told the host that for health reasons the party president would be unable to attend the MPC planned for holding immediately after Eidul Azha. Mr Sharif was in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19. He recovered and tested negative for the virus earlier in the month.
Later after the meeting with PML-N delegates the PPP chairman convened a meeting of senior party leadership belonging to Punjab to discuss the situation.
Aitzaz Ahsan and other leaders have urged Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to take caution while dealing with the N-League and do politics independently instead of entering into alliance in Punjab, it has been learnt.
Aitzaz Ahsan and other ‘hawks’ expressed their reservations about the PML-N role [in the past and the present] saying it is ‘habitual of using others’ for its interests.
The source quoted Aitzaz Ahsan as recalling that the N-League had deceived Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto despite her sincerity, and never let any chance go for defaming the PPP leadership. He was further quoted as suggesting that the party should do ideological politics in Punjab rather than forging alliances.
Punjab Assembly members of the PPP were also not happy with the ‘treatment’ they were being meted out by the PML-N, saying the PML-N usually woould not take them into confidence while making any decision in the provincial house.
Mr Bhutto was, however, cited as urging the participants to take a pragmatic view of the situation and they should try to take along all opposition stakeholders in the drive against the ‘selected’ government.
Those who were in attendance included Qamar Zaman Kaira, Aslam Gill, Chaudhry Manzoor, Barrister Amir Hassan, Altaf Hussain Qureshi, Azizur Rehman Chan, Samina Gharki, Zohaib Butt, Hassan Murtaza, Asim Mahmood Bhatti, Musa Khokhar, Inayat Shah, Imran Athwal, Allama Yusuf Awan, Dr Khayyam Hafeez, Dr Khalid Javed Jan, Israrul Haq Butt, Shazia Abid and others.
The party chairman said with the joint efforts of the opposition parties, this ‘incompetent’, ‘fascist’ and ‘corrupt’ government could be stopped from taking anti-masses steps. He tasked them to go door to door and inform the people about the ‘incompetence’ of the PTI government.