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PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif. — File photo by AFP

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-N fears that it will lose its ‘potential’ ally in Sindh as Pir Pagara of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional has been reportedly offered the slot of caretaker prime minister by the Pakistan People’s Party.

A Punjab-based leader of the PML-F claims that his chief is giving a serious consideration to the offer.

An official of the N-League admitted that the offer, if accepted, would altogether change the political scene in Sindh as his party had pinned hopes on PML-F’s support for neutralising the PPP influence in the interior of Sindh.

The official disclosed that Pir Pagara had in his meeting with Nawaz Sharif at Raiwind last week also urged the PML-N president to reconsider his policy towards the Chaudhrys of Gujrat so that efforts could be made to bring all Muslim League factions in Punjab on one platform, citing a similar initiative in Sindh.

The official feared that if N-League ignored the suggestion of uniting all factions, the Functional League could use the point to part ways with the PML-N for accepting the office of caretaker prime minister.

Asked if Nawaz Sharif could rethink his attitude towards the Chaudhrys of Gujrat, he said in his personal opinion the PML-N would have no objection in accepting (PML-Q president) Chaudhry Shujaat as an ally provided (deputy prime minister) Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi was asked to refrain from making statements that irked the Sharif brothers.

Similarly, he said, they had no problems with Sheikh Rashid of the Awami Muslim League.

According to the official, Nawaz Sharif is likely to inform Pir Pagara of his decision on the issue when he visits the PML-F president in Karachi next week.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali, informed Nawaz Sharif about the results of his contacts with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-i-Islami amir Syed Munawwar Hasan about the caretaker set-up.

Sources told Dawn that Chaudhry Nisar had been given a go-ahead to also consult Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf on the interim government.

Unlike making a phone call urging consultation for nominating the chief election commissioner, he will personally call on Mr Khan to seek his opinion on the caretaker prime minister.

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Atta ur Rehman
Jan 26, 2013 06:20am
Pagara is feudal lord of Sindh like Zardari and Bhuttos all are in same boat. So I do not like anyone and wish that these leaders are lost and gone out of view. We need revolutionary change for Pakistan...Imran Khan PTI is inshallah next party to win if youth sided with him..
DrShahzeb Mastoi
Jan 26, 2013 12:14pm
to nadeem jokhio its pagara army which served sindh border for many year they are loyals dude for your kind information can any body do that much for peoples of pakistan except pakistan army shame on such peoples who are propagating wrong without any knowledge
Jan 26, 2013 02:30pm
All the heads of political "wolves" are gathering in the woods planning on how to rein-in the "sheep" so they can devour them at will and so live off the fat of the land!
Jan 26, 2013 10:52am
Another masterstroke from Zardari
Jan 26, 2013 07:51pm
how can he be considered for care taker premiership since his father was well known for having a soft corner for the khaki brothers. this would not be wise.
Jan 26, 2013 03:41am
IF President Zardari has in fact made the offer to Pir Pagara (or anyone else), that is violation of the Constitution. Should this news be found to be correct, The President should withdraw the offer or face legal action.
Jan 26, 2013 03:38am
The caretaker Prime Minister has to be a known honest, intellegent, and non-political person with no conflict of interest or biases. Zardari and Nawaz Sharif will have to find someone like Fakruddin G Ibrahim. At the moment I cannot think of anyone that fits the bill.
abdul wahab munshey.
Jan 25, 2013 09:17pm
He is a great son of soil.
abdul wahab munshey.
Jan 25, 2013 09:16pm
My view its Not True news,i assure 200%. i think Pir sb pagra want alive in History Like his grand father.its conspiracy against Pir sb's new confidence buildup in entire sindhi's as well whole nation. Abdul wahab Munshey.
nadeem jokhio
Jan 25, 2013 10:45am
The current Pir pagara, like his father, is a total opportunist making fool of the uneducated herd of locality.Can someone tell me few good works done by them for the people of Pakistan??
Jan 25, 2013 06:54pm
Zardari tto should step down. Pagara the prime minister? ahahahahahahahah this world is coming to an end.
Jan 26, 2013 07:12pm
People of pakistan should join hands to Qadri. Atleast there is some one who talks and fights for the common man and betterment of the country. He is not so strong today but you can give him strength for the future of your children. We need Egyptian revolution to clean up the mess. There should be such a force of young generation that if tomorrow Qadri tries to be like the present regime take him too.
Jan 25, 2013 10:57am
Care taker Premier ship (of 2/3 months) does not equate with Pagar's stature. He must not fall a prey to this offer.
Jan 26, 2013 07:06pm
Every land lord particularly in Sind and Baluchistan is opportunist. What have they done for the common man ?. Tell me please! Until the proper knowledge about the power of vote reaches to the most of the rural areas population there will not be any change. The educated youth should join hands and should take this mission to literate the ordinary people and to tell them that how the future of pakistan is the future of their children. They should take this task without fear of this land lord mafia. If you are living in the urban areas and criticising that ugly regime you are not doing any thing good for the common man. Move to the villages and educate them.
Syed Ahmed
Jan 25, 2013 04:04pm
You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.
Jan 25, 2013 04:03pm
We need to listen to the agenda, when imran khan did the press conference during qadri's sit in. - Absolutely correct and now it looks that way PPP is trying to estabilish its base in sindh rural and fudalism. And the federal will go with unity to PML-N with nawaz or his brother again a primeminister ---- I dont think we can able to come out of this shell (repeated over and over) * everyone should go and vote, and everyone should take responsibility to take atleast 5 people in there neighborhood to vote and 'and its for the change'!! we need to come out of cycle for the better future. Shado!
Hasnain Haque
Jan 25, 2013 06:00pm
I dont understand why there has to be a caretaker govt, it's just another opportunity for someone to come and loot as much as they can in few months. What will a caretaker govt do in few months, that has not been done in 65 years. Nothing amazes me about Pakistan .
Dr. Asad Sadick
Jan 25, 2013 05:56pm
The previous Pagara, father of the present one would not have given it a second thought and would have refused it immediately. It is too early to know how the present Pagara would react. One does not know him too well yet.
Gerry D'Cunha
Jan 25, 2013 12:28pm
pagara is friend of both PPP & PML - PTI where do you stand now - qadri will you agree with this muk muka...
Shaukat Alvi
Jan 25, 2013 05:06am
Qadri was right in saying that they all have agenda of looting and has strong alliance and friendship in corruption. Pir pagara name by the president is an attempt to derail the democracy, is he a non political and fair person who will conduct fair election? No absolutely not, once again we see Qadri coming back on this? And if he comes back, present leadership will be uprooted for ever including their cronies.wake up corrupt and incompetent leadership!!!
Jan 25, 2013 06:09am
What a constipated look!
Mansoor Sajid
Jan 25, 2013 06:26am
Thieves are unting together to plan how to deprive the people of their rights in the forthcoming elections. How Mr. Pagara, who is head of a political aprty, can be nominated as a care taker prime minister?.
Jan 25, 2013 08:51am
As per the agreement reached with Dr Qadri, we were given the impression that ALL parties and parties not in govt will be consulted. Therefore, how come Zardari is offering the post of care taker PM without full consultations.