Qadir withdraws from the group, Sanaullah leaves CEC
PML-N notes that their departure would not dent the group.
The PPP encourages the two leaders to join its ranks Balochistan.
QUETTA: On Saturday, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz experienced a significant setback in Balochistan when the retired president of its provincial branch, Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch, formally resigned from the party and former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri declared that he was leaving the central executive committee of the PML-N.
Their parting came after disagreements within the PML-N erupted over what they called the narrative of their leader against the chiefs of the army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and for betraying the people of Baloch who helped him.
On the lawns of Quetta Metropolitan Corporation, where a huge number of councillors and party workers had assembled, they made their decisions public.
Although Mr Zehri agreed to retain his provincial assembly seat that he had secured on the PML-N ticket in the 2018 Khuzdar (PB-38) general election, Lt Gen Qadir said that after consulting supporters and colleagues, he will finalise his strategy for the future.
Mr Zehri declared, “I will not resign from my provincial assembly seat and will continue to serve the people of my constituency who have elected me as Jhalawan ‘s president.”
“We will oppose Nawaz Sharif to every degree from today and will show his true face to the people of Balochistan in every corner and every home,” he said.
Nevertheless, PML-N General Secretary Ahsan Iqbal and General Secretary Jamal Shah Kakar of the provincial chapter said that the departure of the two men would not impact the organisational structure of the party in Balochistan.
Balochistan PML-N General Secretary Jamal Shah Kakar said: “General Qadir and Nawab Sanaullah Zehri ‘s resignation was painful, but with their resignation, the party in the province will not be over.” The PML-N is very much alive and will thrive in the province, as only two PML-N district presidents from 33 districts attended the meeting convened by General Qadir.
Mr. Kakar said that all the other office-bearers were with the party and stood by former Prime Minister Sharif ‘s narrative.
Retired Lt. Gen. Qadir Baloch, who had served as Balochistan’s governor and led the Southern Command of the Army, criticised the PML-N supreme leader while speaking at the workers’ meeting and stated that he could not help Mr. Sharif’s anti-army narrative, who often neglected Balochistan while taking some decisions at the level of the party and government.
I can not support the storey of Nawaz Sharif in which he attempted to establish an army mutiny against the military leadership. I cannot bear my army chief’s insult,’ he declared, adding that whatever rank and honour he had earned was only for the army’s sake.
He said that he was unable to help those who spoke against the military leadership, since the stability that existed in the province was due to the armed forces.
He complained that, despite the fact that the PML-N had won 22 seats in the Balochistan Assembly, the PML-N central leadership had neglected their vote in Balochistan in the 2013 elections and handed over the chief ministry to the National Party. He said he and Mr. Zehri joined the PML-N in 2010 because no one was able to pick up a party ticket. He said he was further frustrated when the central leadership of the party declined to invite Mr Zehri to the stage during the public meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement in Quetta on 25 Oct. As his son, brother and others were martyred during the election campaign, he had given blood to the community, he said.
When referring to the behaviour of Maryam Nawaz, PML-N vice president, Mr Baloch said that during her Quetta tour, the party had scheduled women’s convection, but she left the venue without meeting them instead of appreciating women workers. It was a huge insult to our women staff who had badly wounded him.
Maryam Nawaz is trying to gain Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s status, but she cannot,’ said Mr. Baloch.
Mr. Zehri attacked Mr. Sharif when speaking at the party workers’ meeting and accused him of betraying all those who stood by him during the trying times.
He said he had “broken the shackles” and he and his supporters would reveal the “true face of Nawaz Sharif” to the people of Balochistan. We belong to Balochistan and we’ll show it. For easily negotiating deals to leave the country and get himself out of tough circumstances, he ridiculed Mr Sharif. At the same time, he heaped praise on Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the PPP, for remaining in the face of imminent death but not compromising on his role.
“He [Bhutto] declined to bow down or petition tyrant Gen Ziaul Haq for mercy and chose to embrace death,” said Mr Zehri, calling it the “actual character of a real king.”
A deserter does not deserve to be named a king, “he added, referring to Mr Sharif who, after his failure to return to Pakistan and completing the seven-year term given to him in a corruption case, was declared” proclaimed criminal “by the courts.” Mr Zehri said, “He should return to Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, Ali Madad Jattak, president of the PPP Balochistan branch, told journalists that the Baloch leaders were invited to join his group so that the PDM’s anti-government movement would not be harmed by their exclusion from the PML-N.
Mr. Zehri, retired Lt. Gen Baloch and 20 former lawmakers were invited to join the PPP, he added, adding that by joining the PPP, the assembly dignitaries and other ticket holders would fight against the inept rulers of this forum for the Balochistani people’s development and prosperity.
Published in Dharti News, November 8th, 2020