After hectic efforts, the Khosa family reportedly agreed to patch up with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz from which it separated ways for unknown reasons.
According to PML-N Leader Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa and PML-N President Nawaz Sharif held one-one-one meeting at the Sharif residence in Raiwind and have reconciled their differences.
While speaking to the media, he spoke about the patch-up for which the party was making efforts since their announcement of quittance.
Over differences with Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa resigned from all political offices. His son Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa, who served as Chief Minister Punjab before Shahbaz Sharif, had also tendered his resignation from the party.
Sarwar informed the media that the two leaders discussed all misunderstandings, after which Khosa told Nawaz Sharif that he was a Muslim Leaguer and will always be a part of it.
He said that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif did not accept Khosa’s resignation from the post of advisor.
Commenting on Dost Muhammad Khosa’s resignation, the party leader said that since he was Sardar’s son, he was like a brother to them. He observed, “Sardar sahib is a much respected person to us, he is our elder”.
When he was asked about why this elder was forced to come to Raiwind as opposed to Sharif visiting him at his residence, Sarwar said he wasn’t forced rather he came to Sharif resident of his free will.
Zulfiqar Khosa has a long association with the party and stood by it through thick and thin. Nawaz Sharif desired immediate reconciliation with the senior politician who had kept alive the party during former army ruler Pervez Musharraf’s regime.
The departure of Khosa family from the party could have dealt a serious blow to the PML-N in south Punjab as one of the senior party leaders from the region, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, had already left it and joined Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf.
PML-N is already a marginalized party in the Seraiki belt occupying not more than one-fourth of the national and provincial assembly seats in the region. The party has also no political figure from the region of the stature of Hashmi or Khosa.