LAHORE: Members of the ‘Unification Bloc,’ comprising Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s (PML-Q) dissident lawmakers, participated in PML-Nawaz’s (PML-N) ongoing internal reorganisation meetings on Saturday and submitted their list of loyal workers for various slots.
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif presided over the meeting with workers and legislators from Lahore and Sahiwal divisions. Workers from Sheikhupura, Nankana, Kasur, Okara, Sahiwal and Pakpattan also participated in the meetings.
Members of the ‘Unification Bloc’ from Sahiwal division, including Ata Muhammad Maneka, Muhammad Jalaluddin Dhaku and Chaudhry Javed, participated in the meeting, along with their supporters, informed well-placed sources in the party.
They said that party workers had urged Sharif to remove Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) ministers from Punjab government and give a chance to PML-N members.
The PML-N has decided to mobilise its workers for a movement against the PPP-led government, starting late March, following the announcement of the federal budget, said sources.
They said that Nawaz had instructed the workers to familiarise themselves, and their subordinates, on key economic issues since the PML-N’s manifesto for next general elections would be based on these issues.
Meanwhile, Maneka has been assigned to strengthen PML-N in Sahiwal division and members from the party’s Lahore division have been asked to counter the growing influence of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Mutahidda Qaumi Movement in urban Lahore, sources said.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2011.