LAHORE: The Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) on Thursday tried to woo the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s disgruntled legislators representing the South Punjab Province Front, however, the front preferred to buy time to decide which party it should go along ahead of the upcoming election according to a report by a private media outlet.
The PML-N has decided not to reach out to any of the disgruntled members, saying it was expecting that all those who had not voted for Nawaz Sharif in the National Assembly would quit the party in coming days.
Punjab Chief Minister and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif earlier had barred his party leaders from commenting on the rebel lawmakers with a hope to woo some of them back. However, after Nawaz Sharif’s stance that these members had never been ‘part’ of the PML-N and the party won’t care about those ditching it during the testing time, Shahbaz Sharif seems to have dropped the idea of reaching out to any of them.
“The PML-N has decided in principle not to establish any contact with these lawmakers. We have good candidates in these constituencies and the voters will teach them (rebels) a lesson in the coming election,” Shahbaz Sharif’s spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad said.
He said the party was anticipating that a few more Members of National Assembly who had not voted for the bill aimed at the amendment to make Nawaz Sharif president of the PML-N after his disqualification (in Panama Papers case), will quit.
When asked did the PML-N see any “force” behind the front, he said it was usual for such groups to emerge during the election year. “So, the PML-N is not worried as it is part of politics,” Ahmad added.