PML-N lacks ‘full’ organisational setup in provinces except Punjab

| There is no president of PML-N in Balochistan | For KP, apart from party’s president and gen secy, no information available about rest of office-bearers


ISLAMABAD   -   At the time when country is heading towards next general elections, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) is working in absence of a complete organisational setup even on provincial level except Punjab — a stronghold of the party from last three decades.

According to information available on the party’s official website, except Punjab, all other provincial chapters lack a complete organizational setup that contradicts a claim of having roots in all four provinces.

In Punjab, Rana Sanaullah is heading the party as president while Sardar Awais Khan Leghari is the provincial general secretary. The Punjab chapter also has three senior vice presidents including Sheikh Aftab, Malik Nadeem Kamran and Hanif Abbasi whereas the party have 12 additional general secretaries including Saira Afzal Tarrar, Ch Saud Majeed, Arshad Leghari, Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Khawaja Salman Rafique, Zakia Shahnawaz, Raja Atteq Sarwar, Hafiz Nauman, Raja Qamarul Islam, Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, Amanullah Khan Shadikhel.

Meanwhile, the party also have some other office-bearers including secretary information Azma Zahid Bukhari, secretary finance Mian Marghoob Ahmed, joint secretary Rana Muhammad Arshad and Khawaja Muhammad Waseem and the presidents of women, youth, lawyers, students and minorities’ wings of the party. However, when it comes to other provinces, the situation is entirely different as there is no President of PML-N in Balochistan, where once the party ruled in 2018 and only the name of general secretary Jamaal Shah Kakkar is available on the official website. PML-N KP, where the party ruled twice in 1993 and 1998 also have only its president Ameer Muqam and General Secretary Murtaza Javed Abbasi while there is no information available for rest of their provincial office-bearers. In the same manner, the Sindh chapter where once the party ruled in 1997 also does not have a president but a senior vice president Ali Akbar Gujjar is holding the reins with the help of General Secretary Miftah Ismeal alone.

When contacted, the PML-N’s Chairman Raja Zafer ul Haq said according to his knowledge, there are the provincial setups of the party across Pakistan but when asked to share the details he could not recall the names. Party’s Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal and Secretary Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, who is also the federal minister for information nowadays were contacted for their comments but both were unavailable to respond. It is pertinent to mention here that unlike PML-N, Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf have a better management of the party across the country and they also have proper party structures on provincial, regional and district level as well. When contacted, a senior party leader on condition of anonymity explained that in absence of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the party is disorganized up to some extent. People who are in power prefer to secure their position before top ranks instead of creating roots in the public.

He expressed his dissatisfaction with performance of party ranks as most of them are unavailable to the party workers and the voters that would ultimately affect the results of next general elections.

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