Although Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif has called for a judicial probe into the Abbottabad operation that killed Osama bin Laden, he is not likely to launch any mass movement over the issue because of his ill health.
He is reported to have told his party workers that he cannot address a public gathering in this time because his doctors have told him to take rest for five to six weeks.
The party chief has given the government three days to constitute a commission to probe the May 2 incident.
The sources said that the PML-N is in a fix about who to appoint in place of the party chief, in case the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government fails to constitute the commission.
Many names have been suggested and some members have selected Leader of Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to lead the party’s future course of action. However, many people are opposing Chaudhry Nisar’s selection. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif may also take his brother’s place till his condition gets better.
“I have not fully recovered after my cardiac surgery,” Sharif said to senior party members at the end of the two-day consultative meeting of his party in Islamabad, sources said.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2011.