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Nawaz Sharif makes his first power move against Shahbaz as he plots to takeover

By Zehra Batool

On Wednesday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif held talks with the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Haji Ghulam Ali.

While the specifics of their conversation remain undisclosed, it is presumed they addressed shared concerns. This meeting has further sparked speculation about Nawaz Sharif’s political comeback.

A day earlier, President Asif Ali Zardari appointed Rana Sanaullah as an adviser to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Sanaullah is known as a close associate of Nawaz Sharif. He previously served as the federal interior minister and provincial law minister for Punjab.

His appointment follows the recent naming of Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar as the deputy prime minister. It is pertinent to note that he is another ally of Nawaz Sharif.

Plans are in place to include more loyalists of Nawaz Sharif in the federal cabinet despite reports of some declining appointments. These decisions are slated for discussion during the upcoming Muslim League Noon party meeting on April 1st.

Unhappy with brother’s administration

The former PM has declared his intention to reassert his influence in the country’s affairs. He cited dissatisfaction with the current administration led by his brother, Shahbaz Sharif.

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Nawaz Sharif didn’t hold back in expressing his disappointment with his brother’s governance. He clearly stated that Shahbaz Sharif would merely hold the title of a minister without any real authority.

Insider sources hint at Nawaz Sharif’s readiness to actively engage in Pakistan’s politics. His involvement is expected to intensify in the near future.

The resurgence comes against the backdrop of purported discontentment with the government’s allegiance, a sentiment echoed by his daughter, Maryam Nawaz.

Nawaz Sharif to make political comeback

The PML-N supremo returned to Pakistan in October 2023 after years of self-exile. He was widely expected to become the prime minister before the February 8 national polls, believed to be supported by the influential army.

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However, he declined the position after the elections ended without a clear winner, leading to speculation about his political future. Analysts interpret the recent appointments of Dar and Sanaullah as the PML-N supremo’s effort to exert influence over the government indirectly.

Whispers among political circles indicate that the collapse of the Muslim League Noon could mark the end of the party altogether. Observers expect big changes in Pakistani politics as he returns, marking a major transition. Soon, Pakistan’s politics will see a noticeable shift.

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