PML-N's decision to not invite former Baloch CM to 3rd PDM rally triggers turmoil within the party
Islamabad: The Pakistan Muslim League-N's (PML-N) Balochistan chapter's decision not to invite former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri to the third power show of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) last Sunday has triggered internal conflict within the party, media reports said.
PML-N Balochistan chapter president retired Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch and former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri are likely to part ways with PML-N over differences related to Zehri’s role in the party and refusal of the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s secretary-general Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to invite Zehri to the PDM’s public gathering last week in Quetta, reports Geo News.
Abbasi refused to extend an invitation to Zehri to attend the public rally, citing the unexplained absence by Zehri from PML-N politics since January 2018 when he resigned as Balochistan chief minister against the wishes of the party leadership, the Pakistani news channel reported.
It is understood that BNP-M chief Akhtar Mengal was also against the invitation being extended to Zehri, reports Geo News.
According to reports, he even told the PDM leadership categorically that Zehri should not be invited to a public meeting in which he had not played any role in mobilising the masses.
Sources close to Lt Gen Baloch and Zehri confirmed to Geo News that the issue started due to the very fact that the former Balochistan chief minister was not invited to attend the rally.
“Shahid Khaqan Abbasi refused to invite the former Balochistan chief minister even after several influential people in the PML-N asked him to invite Zehri,” shared the insiders to the Pakistani news channel.
Pakistan's 11 opposition parties formed the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) alliance recently.
They hosted the third rally in Quetta on last Sunday where the alliance leaders targeted Pakistan PM Imran Khan and his government.
The alliance had earlier organized two other rallies in Gujranwala and Karachi.