PML-N to sideline 'Musharraf's cronies' in party
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) hardliners, led by Begum Kalsoom Nawaz, have successfully got approval from party chief, Nawaz Sharif, to corner newcomers in the party they dub "Musharraf's cronies".
According to sources, the 'cronies'- Sumaira Malik, Amir Muqam and Marvi Memon - might be in the line of fire in the coming days as the plan to sideline them and trim their within-the-party clout to an acceptable size is in the works, reports the Daily Times.
The sources said Begum Kalsoom was unhappy over Sumaira, Muqam and Marvi joining the PML-N due to their past relations with former president General Pervez Musharraf.
The sources said Sumaira would be denied party ticket on a general seat from Khushab and would instead be made to contest from Mianwali where she has no or little chance of winning.
"Kalsoom Nawaz has convinced party chief to implement a plan aimed at sidelining Musharraf's three close aides. Under the strategy, Sumaira Malik would be asked to contest the election from Mianwali instead of Khushab while Maryam Nawaz would be fielded in NA-69 Khushab, considerably a safe seat for the party candidate. Sumaira Malik had won two previous elections from that constituency and this time she would be asked to contest the election from Mianwali against PTI chief Imran Khan," the sources added.
"Muqam and Marvi would also be cut to size," the sources further said, adding that Muqam had already been cornered in the PML-N and majority of his nominees would not be able to get party tickets from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the general election.
They further said the party leadership was also going to review Marvi's role in the party's reorganisation in Sindh.