In an interview with a private television channel, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and former Prime Minister, made a resolute statement, emphasizing that Nawaz Sharif is the sole leader of the party, discounting the prominence of Shahbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz within the leadership hierarchy.
Abbasi, while reaffirming his allegiance to the PML-N, stated that under the prevailing circumstances, he cannot participate in the upcoming elections. He highlighted that following the vote of no confidence, there was no intention among party members to form a government. He acknowledged that all major political parties in the country have experienced the challenges of holding power.
When asked about the formation of a new political party, Abbasi mentioned that the idea exists, but it is a matter for the future. He stressed that while the concept of a new political entity is on the table, it is not an immediate concern.
Addressing the question of his participation in the Truth Commission, Abbasi affirmed his acceptance but indicated that if such a commission is established, he would be among the first to present himself. He emphasized the need for a departure from the power struggles and temptations of political office, indicating that the focus should be on the people’s welfare rather than the pursuit of power and positions.
Abbasi further emphasized the importance of the constituents making decisions about their future involvement in politics. He stated that it was the party’s responsibility to rectify any injustices done to Nawaz Sharif. He implied that the party members should collectively decide whether they want to continue their political journey or not.
His stance underscores a complex period within the PML-N, where the leadership dynamics are being scrutinized and debated. The unequivocal support for Nawaz Sharif signals a staunch loyalty to the party’s founding principles, even amidst internal challenges and potential divisions. The future trajectory of the PML-N and its role in Pakistani politics remains uncertain, as the party grapples with internal restructuring and external pressures.