LAHORE: Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif has not been made the PML-N party president by Nawaz Sharif reportedly due to the fear and fact that due to his assertive personality he may virtually take over the Party entirely under his direct control.
The situation is similar to what happened with Shehbaz Sharif when he was slated to become the ‘permanent’ prime minister after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by Supreme Court on July 28 and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was supposed to be the ‘interim’ PM.
However, later, Nawaz had a change of heart and Abbasi has been allowed to continue till the completion of the federal government’s term in June next year.
“Previously, there was an interim PM who occupied permanent seat and now there is an interim president— who knows he too may become a permanent choice,” a PML-N MPA said, requesting anonymity. The party’s Punjab chapter leadership is concerned over the situation, he said.
“Shehbaz is assertive and authoritative—he can overshadow others if given the reins of the party. That’s why Nawaz has been advised to exercise caution.”