Rift between PML-N central and Sindh leaders deepens

KARACHI: Differences between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) central and Sindh leaders has deepened as Sardar Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, Liaquat Ali Jatoi and other party leaders are likely to part ways with their top leadership, reliable sources told PPI on Tuesday.

They said that those leaders of PML-N Sindh were angry and disappointed over the attitude of top party leadership as they were of the view that they were facing revenge actions and injustices of PPP provincial government but central leadership was not taking notice of it despite their requests time and again.

According to the sources, two weeks back, an important meeting was held under the chair of Mumtaz Ali Bhutto at his residence in Karachi. It was also attended by Liaquat Ali Jatoi, Ismail Raho, Sherazi brothers of Thatha, Irfanullah Marwat, Shafiq Jamote, Zain Ansari, Ilahi Bakhsh Soomro and Hakeem Baloch. They expressed their grave apprehensions over the cold attitude of central leadership towards party leaders belonging to Sindh.

The sources said: “In the meeting, a joint letter was wrote to party head, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, informing him about the reservations but it has yet to be replied, which has further disappointed angry leaders which could lead them to part ways with the party.”

They further informed that those leaders were also wanted replacement of present Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan with any PLM-N man besides transfer of Chief Secretary Sindh and Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh, but central leadership was giving no attention to their those demands.

The sources said: “The PML-N Sindh leaders were of view that during visit to Sindh, PM Nawaz Sharif holds meetings with rival parties but have no time to meet his own party men.”

The source told that another important meeting of Liaquat Jatoi and his like-minded leaders was held on Monday in Dadu, which discussed future strategy. The meeting was chaired by Jatoi who constituted a four-member committee which would decide future strategy after contacting central leadership and seek a clearer answer from them about party’s Sindh matters,” added the sources.

On the other hand, the sources told that Mumtaz Bhutto’s colleagues had increased their pressure over the former to restore his old party, Sindh National Front and part ways with MPL-N.

“Allah Warayo Soomro, former Senior Vice Chairman of dissolved SNF has wrote a letter to Mumtaz Bhutto, urging him to announce reinstatement of SNF as soon as possible as PML-N had failed to fulfil the promises it made during merger of SNF into PML-N.

The source told that final decision by Mumtaz Bhutto in this regard could take some days.

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