PML-N’s Abdul Ghafoor quits party after ‘28-year-long’ association

LAHORE: Another former provincial minister of the PML-N — Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Mayo —on Sunday announced quitting the party and took on the Sharif brothers.

At a press conference here, Mayo said he had a 28-year-long association with the Sharifs but today a three-time prime minister (Nawaz) was trying to weaken the country by conspiring against the institutions which, he said, was not acceptable.

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“I spoke against the controlled democracy. This country is not a fiefdom of the Sharifs,” he said, adding he could not support a leader who made friends with Indian prime Narendra Modi whom he called ‘butcher of (Indian) Gujrat’.

He said he wanted to leave the party after the Model Town incident in which 14 workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek were killed and also after hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of Punjab governor Salman Taseer.

Mr Mayo said he would take his biradri (clan) in Lahore on board and run a campaign against Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz in their constituencies. He also accused the PML-N leadership of giving party tickets to the land mafia of Raiwind.

Mr Mayo regretted the Sharif brothers welcomed those in their party who had remained close to retired Gen Musharraf. He deplored the fact that the ministries were given to Musharraf’s loyalists like Danial Aziz and Talal Chaudhry.

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