There was a move by the well-wishers of the Muslim League to realign all factions after the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) cobbled together a ruling coalition in the aftermath of the 2008 elections, and after the failed experiment of getting together of the PML-N under the 2006 Charter of Democracy (CoD).
However, it did not work, as the wounds of the split caused by former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf were too fresh.
Many wrung their hands at Nawaz Sharif’s lack of wisdom in turning down the PML-Q’s proposal after the PML-N made an exit from a short-term friendly cooperation with the PPP-led government.
The political intuition is clearly evident that do not let the straying faction back into the party, and ask them to apologize to the nation first if you must want to do so.
The interesting point is that this time Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that Nawaz Sharif should also seek pardon from nation.
Without any doubt, Sharif’s conducts in the recent years has decisively managed to move away the perception that he was a product of the establishment and apparently doesn’t really need to apologize.
In 1999, when Nawaz Sharif was ousted from power, Musharraf had split both the mainstream parties.
The two mother parties are determined to let the rebel factions die after Musharraf’s ouster from the political scene, even if that means losing a few seats in the upcoming general polls.
There was a moment when Chaudhry Brothers of Gujrat, who had given birth to the PML-Q, were keenly interested in rejoining with their mother party, the PML-N.
Both the Leagues, after all, are right wingers and are known for their traditional opposition to the PPP, the leftist party. They are similar in their close ties to an establishment inconsistent to a PPP perceived to be security threat.
The same two parties are liable to interfere with the clerical parties and had assented in the creation of non-state actors, which later became terrorists, challenging the law of the land.