Family matters: Nawaz’s son-in-law suspended from PML-N

Published: July 29, 2012
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Party workers had threatened to resign if action wasn’t taken against Capt Safdar. PHOTO: FILE

Party workers had threatened to resign if action wasn’t taken against Capt Safdar. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Facing threats of mass resignations from workers, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Saturday issued a directive suspending the basic membership of Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar, his son-in-law and chief organiser of the party’s youth wing.

Nawaz also asked the party’s general secretary to issue him (Safdar) a show-cause notice.

Well-placed sources in the party told The Express Tribune that the show-cause notice is an initial move. Following the notice, he will be stripped of his designation and his political activities within the party will be banned on charges of being involved in grouping.

Party sources explaining the details of the notice said that if Nawaz had not taken action against Safdar by July 28, hundreds of workers of the party hailing from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Hazara division had threatened to tender their resignation.

The sources also said that hundreds of party workers hailing from Mansehra had announced that they wanted to tender their resignation earlier in July due to Safdar’s interference in local party affairs. Their stance was endorsed by all PML-N workers hailing from the province.

According to an official  handout, the show-cause notice mentions the impolite and irresponsible statements of Safdar against party leaders, which have been cited as the cause of groups springing up within the party rank and file.

In recent days, Safdar had made critical speeches against PML-N’s senior leader Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi and the president of the party’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa wing, Pir Sabir Shah.

Workers said that following the intervention of Shah and Abbasi they postponed their resignations for 10 days. In the meantime, Safdar along with newcomer into the party – PML-N’s Senior Vice President Amir Muqam – held press conferences to address the public gatherings in which he openly criticised Shah and Abbasi and introduced Muqam as the next chief minister of K-P.

Safdar’s groupings and Sharif

On July 18, Nawaz Sharif attended a meeting of the party’s office-bearers of municipal corporations where almost all office-bearers demanded that Safdar be removed from his position. They accused Safdar of creating groups within the party.

Groups

According to party sources, when Safdar was given the title of chief organiser of the party’s youth wing, he began to form his own group within the party.

Sources close to the family added that Sharif’s family, including his brother and Maryam Nawaz Sharif had already begun visiting universities and colleges to lure youth into joining the party and were reluctant to remove Safdar, who had failed to strengthen the party wing.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • PTI till death
    Jul 29, 2012 - 10:07AM

    Moral of the story: Mian Sahab oo Miyan sahab jan diyo, Imran di bari aan diyo.

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  • Akif Khan
    Jul 29, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Good news but it will only make more sense if we remove N from PML. Untill then it will remain family fiefdom.

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  • sa
    Jul 29, 2012 - 12:38PM

    We trust Nawaz Sharif better leader.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jul 29, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Accountability starts from home is the best example NS has set by taking this action. Other political parties should also follow.

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  • zia
    Jul 29, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Pmln is a family business, thats it.

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  • A J Khan
    Jul 31, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Amongst the many wrong decisions which Mr Nawaz Sharif has taken, Safder was the worst.

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  • Sophist
    Jul 31, 2012 - 5:13PM

    @sa:
    You still trust … no wonder we are here today.

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  • Aug 1, 2012 - 2:05AM

    Reminds me of interesting dialogue b/w Captain Safdar and Haider Abbas Rizvi :P
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n50__d2UGW0

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