OBL debacle: PML-N to cash in on ‘govt’s failure’

Nawaz Sharif says his party should press for an independent inquiry commission.


Irfan Ghauri May 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


Reinforcing its stance on the Abbotabad incident, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) wants the responsibility to be fixed on the perpetrators (both civilian and military) of the debacle.


During the first day of the joint meeting of the PML-N’s parliamentary party and central organising committee here on Tuesday, the members pressed their leadership to act like a real opposition and launch a countrywide campaign to cash in on the recent development where a ruling alliance has been formed to marginalise the party.

Sources privy to the meeting told The Express Tribune that members were divided on the Abbotabad incident, with some suggesting that their party take on the intelligence agencies and military establishment while a group led by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif proposed that their party should only target the civilian authorities.

As the differences intensified, party chief Nawaz Sharif intervened and said that his party should press for an independent inquiry commission that should hold responsible anyone found guilty, be it from the civilian or military authorities. The party will finalise the composition of its proposed commission today (Wednesday).

According to sources, the participants of the meeting believed that their party should take advantage of the newly formed alliance between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) by exposing the ulterior motives behind what they called “an unholy alliance” based on personal interests.

Regarding the inclusion of dissident members of the PML-Q into their party folds, most participants thought it would send out a positive signal if the party leadership shows some flexibility.

Today’s (Wednesday’s) meeting will discuss this issue in detail, a participant said adding that there was a possibility that the party may announce a policy on the conclusion of the meeting.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2011.

COMMENTS (6)

Mohammad Asif | 10 years ago | Reply Test of the leadership is that it remains resolute and steadfast to face any challenge with demonstrative courage to express the will of the people. Once Shariffs had these triats and led the country ably to sail through crisis and emerge as Nuclear power against worst pressure from the holycow and its allies. No wonder people turned out giving PML(N) a huge mandate for making them stand tall internationally. 14 months of maltreatment by Musharraf regime seem to have left permanent scar on the personalities of Shariffs restricting Nawaz Sharif's movement between the four walls of Raiwind Palace. The Abbotabad episode have not only exposed the weaknesses of our security apparatus (not to mention the intelligence failure so smilingly accepted by RM), it has exposed the true faces of our leadership. The government is too busy doling out ministries rubbing salt on the deep wounds of masses, whereas except for Imran Khan the entire leadership still seems to be in a state of trauma. Are we waiting for Allah or some miracle to happen that will restore our honour. National mood is ripe for a movement to demonstrate to our friends, foes and even allies our will and resolve that as a nation we do not allow any one to toy with our sentiments.
Sultan Ahmed | 10 years ago | Reply Mission is over, now should go back, let us solve the problems you have created in the name of war on terror. What your friendship given us? enmity between muslims, horribly destroyed economy, killing of innocent people of tribal areas, violation of our sovereignty. We need not your assistance, we want to stand on our own feet, please go back otherwise............................we know the procedure.
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