After securing a clear majority it needs to form the government in the Centre, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has decided to remove the incumbent governors appointed by the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government.
According to sources familiar with the development, powerful lobbies within the party have started using their influence to replace Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad with a person of their choosing. The strongest names being touted for the slot are Ghous Ali Shah, Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, Imdad Chandio and Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, they added.
“Party leaders are divided on the appointment of the (Sindh] governor. Some suggest this slot be given to a person who can give PPP a tough time in Sindh and organise the party in the province, but a few leaders recommend appointing a non-Sindhi governor who can accommodate all stakeholders amicably,” a senior PML-N leader told The Express Tribune.
“The final decision will be made next week in Lahore,” he said, adding the PML-N would consult all likeminded parties in Sindh, such as PML-Functional, before making a decision.
There are also reports that PML-F is demanding the governorship in Sindh. No senior PML-F leader confirmed the reports.
“Our support is unconditional. We have not demanded anything from PML-N,” said PML-F Sindh chapter secretary general Imtiaz Shaikh.
Meanwhile, PML-N senior leader Siddiqul Farooq said that it would be a prerogative of the new federal government to appoint ‘governors of good repute’. “We will at least appoint those people who do not have a criminal record,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2013.
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