Cracks in PML-N widening as Sharif brothers divided over JUI-F march



Shamshad Mangat



Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) sit-in has started showing miraculous impacts amid the reports that Maulana Fazlur Rehman activities so far have yielded benefit to the powers which matter that cracks in Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ranks have not only become visible but they are widening over the issue of supporting Maulana Fazl sit-in  or otherwise.

Shahbaz Sharif for the first time in his political career has rejected his elder brother decision of extending support to Maulana Fazl by giving vent to his hidden sentiments.

Shahbaz was persistently avoiding to support Fazl and he had advised Maulana to postpone his sit-in till November to avoid the sin without taste but the situation tells that how Maulana is enjoying the confused government affairs, he could not have enjoyed it in such proportion if he had remained Kashmir committee chairman.

Maulana Fazl sit-in is stated to be proving ominous as not only differences have started developing in the ranks of PML-N but schism is being seen in PPP as well.

Maulana is proving heavy for his allies and the impact of his mammoth sit-in will come to fore later.

The letter sent by Nawaz Sharif to Shahbaz Sharif asking him to extend support to Fazl has forced Shahbaz about to rebel. The letter was not less than an arrow dipped in poison because it was Capt (Retd) Safdar who showed the letter to PML-N workers outside jail.

Shahbaz has been tolerating Maryam Nawaz so far but now the matters have crossed all the limits.

Shahbaz Sharif while talking to senior leadership of party has said in unequivocal terms Nawaz was always stopped from entering into clash but first he clashed with Gen Karamat and later he got embroiled with Gen Musharraf.

Shahbaz is also upset over the matters that he has been supporting Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stance on settling the matters with establishment in befitting manner and he has not backed Mian Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz anti-establishment stand point so far.

This impression has also prevailed in national politics that Shahbaz Sharif has always remained acceptable to Gen Pervez Musharraf and Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa but Nawaz Sharif has always been pursuing the police of clash with the establishment.

Although Nawaz Sharif has given message to the workers in the letter sent through Capt (Retd) Safdar that they should support Fazl at every cost.

On the other hand Shahbaz considers it a message for himself from his brother that they have to settle either he and his son Hamza Shahbaz will work under Maryam Nawaz or they will have to undertake a separate flight to decide about their political future.

A few year back Tahmina Shahbaz Sharif had not only raised the flag of rebellion from Raiwind palace but also she had taken up on herself to impart political training to Hamza Shahbaz. Now the stance of Tahmina seems to be correct because if Shahbaz Sharif still remains adamant to offer political prayers under Nawaz Sharif as prayer leader then it will prove to be political prayers leading to end to Hamza politics. And in case Maryam Nawaz gets any opportunity to clinch the slot of premier in future this will be disastrous for Shahbaz as he will not be able to find slot of chief minister vacant for himself.

As Capt (Retd) Safdar is seen to have remained successful in assuring his loyalties to Maryam Safdar and Capt (Retd) Safdar is considered Usman Buzdar for Maryam Safdar in Punjab. Therefore, Shahbaz has to decide for his political survival that when he catches the flight of establishment taking along with him the likeminded group of PML-N.

The likeminded group  is of the view that if Shahbaz takes daring  step and he becomes blue eyed boy of establishment then it will  bring to end not only his political hardships but also he will prove fruitful in easing the difficulties of his elder brother. Shahbaz and Chaudhry Nisar can form a stronger new Muslim League which can forge new relations with establishment. These two leaders firmly believe that what venom has been uttered by Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz at the behest of their foolish friends so far, it gives no hope that the sun of their rule will rise again in near future.

As Maulana Fazl is deemed to be man of establishment therefore, what job he has started of sit-in knowingly or unknowingly it is establishment only which has reaped its major benefit. What job was not being done since the last several years it has become easy with the karmat of Maulana Fazl. Despite it, if Shahbaz likes to work on old pay then these will be the last days of his political career. However he can gain a lot through new flight.

The road map of Fazl sit-in is likely to be decided in the Islamabad High Court which will hear the petition filed against sit-in on October 16.