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.
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