PML-N hold increases over Punjab as Shahbaz becomes party’s provincial chief

Published: March 5, 2012

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has been named the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Punjab chapter. PHOTO: APP/FILE

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was unanimously named president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Punjab chapter on Monday but refrained from nominating a provincial general secretary and other office-bearers, apparently due to growing concerns within the party.

Shahbaz’s election increases the Sharif family’s hold on the party’s organisation as well as the Punjab government. The family already occupies ten important positions. The older Sharif, Nawaz, is the president of the party and his wife Kalsoom Nawaz looks after PML-N women’s wing.

Nawaz and Shahbaz’s half brother Senator Ishaq Dar is the PML-N’s parliamentary leader in the Senate instead of senior leader Raja Zafarul Haq. Nawaz’s son-in-law Captain Safdar has charge of the party’s youth wing while their relative Abid Sher Ali is president of Punjab youth wing. Nawaz’s daughter Maryam looks after the party’s social media network while Shahbaz’s son Hamza is de-facto chief minister of Punjab.

Shahbaz was named chief of the Punjab wing at a meeting of provincial councillors on Monday at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. As many as 1,500 people, including 1,200 councillors were present and endorsed Shahbaz’s election.

PML-N’s Sindh President Ghous Ali Shah, who chaired the party’s election cell, announced Sharif’s unopposed election. He also announced Jaffar Iqbal as the senior vice president and delegated powers to Shahbaz to himself nominate and announce the party’s general secretary.

But Shahbaz preferred to postpone the announcement as Dar, on the direction of Nawaz, forbade him.

Bifurcation of Punjab

The party had earlier decided to bifurcate the province but after strong opposition from the newly-elected senator Zulfiqar Khan Khosa, the decision was revoked.

The party was considering naming Khosa the president of the new division with Hamza being the general secretary. However, many members of the provincial assembly expressed reservations over Hamza’s nomination.

The party is holding its Punjab chapter elections after a delay of more than two years. The last time elections were held was in 2004. Office bearers are elected for a five-year term, according to the party’s constitution. In September 2009, Nawaz, instead of holding elections, had appointed provincial chief organisers. Khosa was appointed the Punjab chief organiser. In July 2011, the party elected its central office bearers, including president Nawaz.

Shahbaz has twice served as the party’s central president, once in 2002 and then in 2006, when Nawaz had been convicted in the Musharraf plane hijacking case. Since July last year, when Nawaz replaced him as central president, Shahbaz began attending party meetings without holding any party office.

Chants of ‘Go Zardari Go’

Addressing the meeting, newly-elected Shahbaz led chants of Go Zardari Go, which has become the PML-N’s mantra.

Nawaz presided over the meeting, which was also attended by latest recruit Marvi Memon.

“No one could eliminate the PML-N even during Musharraf’s regime,” Shahbaz said. “As a party worker, I will work hard from Rojhan to Attock.”

Nawaz continued to lash out at the PML-Q leadership, saying that earlier they had supported Musharraf and now, as allies, they are issuing red warrants for him. “They [Chaudhrys of Gujrat] had said that they will never sit with the Pakistan Peoples Party as it was the killer of their father. But now they are,” he said.

Reader Comments (47)

  • All BS
    Mar 5, 2012 - 12:35PM

    Hurray!! CM Shahbaz Sharif beat out his son Hamza Shahbaz for the slot in a tough nerve wrecking election…….

    He must have made big brother Nawaz Sharif so proud

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  • MAD
    Mar 5, 2012 - 12:58PM

    how many votes were cast in all five elections? i believe the answer is zero.

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  • Mar 5, 2012 - 1:29PM

    who can stand up against these dictators in the partys? no wonder why he was elected unopposed

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  • Blithe
    Mar 5, 2012 - 1:32PM

    @Word Life:
    And this is what was said by Marvi about IK:

    “On the other side the fake change team’s leadership whilst gliterring on the outside was flaky, non detail oriented and inconsistent on the inside”

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  • Ali Tipu
    Mar 5, 2012 - 1:34PM

    Oh so hard earned victory. Surely, after his heroic performance which claimed the lives of 200 innocent souls through fake drugs in my province, he was the best of the all and the most deserving one. Congrats

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  • Nadeem
    Mar 5, 2012 - 1:44PM

    @Ali Tipu:
    I didn’t know that the fake drugs were manufactured in SS’s ittefaq foundry. I thought they were manufactured in a pharmaceutical factory located in ppp controlled sind and regulated by ppp controlled ministry of health. Oh! but SS should have known the fakeness of drugs since by the……. lemme guess ah……… i can’t think of it, maybe some blak magic.

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  • sa
    Mar 5, 2012 - 1:47PM

    congratulation to Mr.Shahbaz Sharif

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  • noor
    Mar 5, 2012 - 2:09PM

    family party .poor workers

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  • Bilal
    Mar 5, 2012 - 2:11PM

    @Nadeem:

    Really sir…so who’s responsibility to check these thing…who’s the head of Punjab province…

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  • Zoon
    Mar 5, 2012 - 2:34PM

    What a dumb thing to say by Javed Hashmi. And all those idiots who think ‘BAD/ Evil’ when they hear the word “Dictator”. He gets work done. And Hashmi should be above sensationalizing. But hey Imran Khan isn’t either. @Word Life:

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  • Saeed Murad
    Mar 5, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Well done.
    After holding so free and fair intra party elections, now PML (N) will struggle for meritocracy and eradication of nepotism from Pakistan.
    These parties are going to teach us the tenets of democracy. LOL

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  • WB
    Mar 5, 2012 - 2:50PM

    @Nadeem: Bhai jan, get your facts straight, Hamza Sharif is a partner in one of these companies. The blood of 200+ is on PMLN’s hand.

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  • haroon ali
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:02PM

    Unopposed victory of Shahbaz Sharif brings an end to dynasty politics in PML(Nawaz Sharif) party. Democracy prevails once again.

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  • Abbas
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Let”s be honest guys… it is the job of the Health Ministry to make sure the drugs are safe to consume. Not a PML-N supporter

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  • Bhatti
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Wow! Democracy… Huh!

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  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:27PM

    There was no need for this exercise. All know that it is Nawaz League. Family business and nothing to do with common workers.

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  • Qe
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:45PM

    @Blithe oh please leave marvi out of this
    just read talat hussein’s latest piece you will get your answer

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  • Abbas
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:47PM

    is this a news ?

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  • isloo
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:54PM

    In 2035 the news would be ” Grandson of Shahbaz Sharif has elected as President of Punjab unopposed ” :D

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  • khalid
    Mar 5, 2012 - 4:08PM

    How democratic, keep it in the family.

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  • Ali Wazir
    Mar 5, 2012 - 4:10PM

    Shocking Results…

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  • salman
    Mar 5, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Q. How many PMLN members does it take to elect PMLN punjab president?
    A. 1500 to “vote”, 1 (NS) to decide.

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  • PARDESI
    Mar 5, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Nepotism will follow if and when they get into power, and they commit to fair dealing with all people.

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  • Pinky
    Mar 5, 2012 - 4:42PM

    slot should have gone to Sardar Zulfiqar Khan khosa….i wonder why such an important leader is being sidelined from all important posts…..if he leaves PML(N), it would be a major loss to the party..since, he and his three sons, have consistently won elections in Dera Ghazi khan…
    i think PTI should try to net them…surely their morale & party loyalty would be at its all time low..Strike while the iron is hot ;p ;p

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  • lpc
    Mar 5, 2012 - 4:43PM

    @isloo i disagree bro
    2035 headlines will be people of punjab have again democratically elected a pti leader as the chief minister

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  • Khan
    Mar 5, 2012 - 5:33PM

    I am not a political person .. but why on earth are people voting two families out of 180 Million people? How can people be fooled by such people who don’t know basics of democracy and they call themselves democratic ?
    Politics & Democracy is just a family business to them.
    Please stop voting these crooks in election even if you vote their parties do not vote Sharifs & Bhuttos.

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  • Falcon
    Mar 5, 2012 - 5:58PM

    Is this even a surprise enough for a news?

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  • Mar 5, 2012 - 6:32PM

    Criticizing PML Q for the support of Dictator and demand of apology makes me laugh, What about ZIA ul haq ur master??? was he supported by Ch brothers too ??

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  • WB
    Mar 5, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Will Marvi please speak up?? Is this the “change” you saw in PMLN??

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  • Mar 5, 2012 - 6:39PM

    I don’t mind that so long as they focus development of the province and delegate more power to the local government.

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  • Zia
    Mar 5, 2012 - 8:12PM

    @Blithe:
    Cannot compare Marvi with the great JH…and dont forget that Marvi was never a part of PTI, whereas JH was a part of Pmln who knows the dynMic of that family party very deeply, so his saying this about his former party is something exciting…:)

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  • Kaleem
    Mar 5, 2012 - 8:25PM

    How many times did IK contest for PTI chairman seat? in past 15 years?

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  • Saeed Murad
    Mar 5, 2012 - 8:29PM

    There is an urdu couplet by Mohsin Bhopali:
    Neerangi e Syasat e Doran To Dekhye
    Manzil Unhen Mili Jo Shareek e Safar na They
    Loosely translated
    Look at the trickeries of today’s politics
    Those people have usurped the destination who did not even travel with us”

    People like Javed Hashmi and Dr Israr Shah who suffered at the hands of military establishments for democracy have been sidelined and those families are ruling who betrayed the masses and ran away from the battle field to save their lives. IRONY. TRAGEDY. Pakistan as a nation has a lamentable fate that such people have been written in our destinations. Too sad

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  • Naeem
    Mar 5, 2012 - 8:31PM

    Yet Marvi calls it ‘Karvan e Haq’ on her twitter bio. I feel for their supporters or should I call it Raaya?Recommend

  • Naeem
    Mar 5, 2012 - 8:34PM

    @Kaleem:
    He offered it to Javed Hashmi recently but CEC declined. Remeber Marvi was vetoed by CEC not IK? PTI has a far more democracy than these family owned Parties and I’m witness to it. Remeber IK is the founder of PTI!

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  • Khalid
    Mar 5, 2012 - 8:53PM

    @kaleem
    pti was never a big party. They did not have the support of zia ul haq
    they refused the support of musharraf. Musharraf wanted imran khan to become pm but imran khan refused. Nawaz sharif was a minister in zia’s regime
    There was a time pti had only 10 members they regrouped and became stronger.
    Imran Khan offered javed hashmi his post. Would any another leader in Pakistan be ready to give up his post…
    Now pti is on it’s way to win election INSHA’ALLAH

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  • Zia
    Mar 5, 2012 - 9:10PM

    @Ali Tipu:
    Lolz…and don’t forget the alarming increase in crime in Punjab……..

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 5, 2012 - 10:04PM

    Mian Shebaz Sharif is the best choice available. All PML(N) leaders, workers and members know it, therefore having fake contenders would have been a futile exercise. Can anyone name a better administrator, tireless, visionary and brave leader other than Mian Shehbaz Sharif in PML(N) Punjab chapter? His appointment is fair, legal and democratic.

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  • Faisal
    Mar 5, 2012 - 10:17PM

    Nawaz League is a conservative party
    I will Vote for PPP PAKISTAN PEOPLES PARTY ZINDABAD……
    Geo BHUTTO AND PAKISTAN……..

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  • salman
    Mar 5, 2012 - 10:46PM

    “His appointment is fair, legal and democratic.”

    I honestly thought that was an ironic comment until I saw the posters name. How is an election with one candidate democratic? Did anyone have the option to vote no to Shabhaz Sharif?

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  • lahori
    Mar 5, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Who could have dared to contest? Well said,”keep it in the family”

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  • Naim
    Mar 6, 2012 - 12:41AM

    @Khalid:

    Musharraf never asked Ik to be prime minister,question
    was put to mush by news anchors,get your facts right.

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  • babar
    Mar 6, 2012 - 6:30AM

    what a shock !!!! just go to shows how much domacrocy exist in these parties let alone in the country ………. but inshaAllah this dictatorship in the name of fake domacrocy would end soon we will get to see the real domacrocy and true representatives of people in parliament soon in the leadershif Imran Khan :-)

    And good luck to marvi memon what democratic party she joined lol

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 6, 2012 - 8:58AM

    @ salman, PML(N) members are not slaves nor paid servants of Mian Family. If none of them wanted to contest against Mian Shehbaz Sharif, outsiders should respect it as their democratic right. In this day and age when ordinary people know their rights very well, workers and members of political party cannot be so nieve

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  • Sumbal
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:47PM

    Shahbaz sharif doing great effort in punjan .And for the president of punjab shahbaz sharif was best choice :) long live pml n
    long
    live
    pml n zindabd

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  • Hamza Mir
    Apr 14, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Pml n Zindabad. Shahbaz sharif is the best choice. he is working hard.

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