The role of Hamza Shehbaz in Nawaz Sharif’s reception

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In a pivotal consultation meeting that brought together former members of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) National and Provincial Assembly, the absence of Hamza Shehbaz was palpable. This meeting, presided over by the party’s Senior Vice President and Chief Organizer, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, took place at a critical juncture for the party as it works on its election strategy and prepares for the much-anticipated return of Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on October 21.

Hamza Shehbaz, a prominent figure within the PML-N, has recently been conspicuously silent and politically inactive. His absence from this important gathering raised questions about his role within the party, prompting speculations that he has been sidelined. This development is unfortunate, especially when the party is gearing up for Nawaz Sharif’s return and planning a grand reception for him.

Hamza Shehbaz’s extensive experience in party affairs and his deep understanding of the intricacies surrounding the return of Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif should not be underestimated. He has long been associated with grassroots workers and possesses the insight to devise a winning strategy for the historic welcome that awaits Nawaz Sharif on his homecoming.

The announcement of Nawaz Sharif’s return on October 21 was met with great enthusiasm during the meeting. However, it remains a mystery why Hamza Shehbaz appears to have been marginalized in party matters at such a crucial juncture. It is imperative to remember that Hamza Shehbaz played a pivotal role in securing victory for the party in every election from 2008 to 2020 in Punjab.

In 2022, Hamza Shehbaz was notably absent from an active role in the campaign for 20 bypoll seats, and the consequence was evident – the PML(N) suffered a defeat. Hamza Shehbaz is renowned for his ability to mobilize grassroots workers and is well-versed in the art of election campaigning. His reactivation within the party could be the key to according a historic welcome to Muhammad Nawaz Sharif upon his return.

Nawaz Sharif, a seasoned politician and former prime minister, remains the beacon of hope to steer the nation and the country out of the multifaceted crises it faces today. His experience and leadership are invaluable assets that the party must harness to navigate these turbulent times successfully.

It is now the collective responsibility of the nation to rally behind Nawaz Sharif and his team, which includes the dynamic duo of Hamza Shehbaz and Maryam Nawaz. The return of Nawaz Sharif presents an opportunity to revitalize the PML(N) and reinvigorate Pakistan’s political landscape.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the party’s Senior Vice President and Chief Organizer, has taken up the mantle in her father’s absence and has proven herself to be a formidable leader. Her unwavering commitment to the party’s cause and her tireless efforts in mobilizing support should be acknowledged and appreciated.

However, it is crucial to emphasize that a united front is the need of the hour. The collaboration between Maryam Nawaz and Hamza Shehbaz, along with the wider party leadership, can unleash the PML(N)’s full potential. Hamza Shehbaz’s ability to connect with grassroots workers and his knack for electioneering complement Maryam Nawaz’s charisma and leadership qualities.

The forthcoming return of Nawaz Sharif is a momentous occasion for the PML(N) and Pakistan as a whole. It presents an opportunity to rekindle the party’s political fire, rejuvenate its electoral prospects, and provide a credible alternative for the people.

While the absence of Hamza Shehbaz from recent party activities is concerning, it is not too late for the PML(N) to recognize his invaluable contribution and reactivate his role. The synergy between Hamza Shehbaz, Maryam Nawaz, and the broader party leadership can lead to a resurgence that propels the party to new heights. With the return of Nawaz Sharif, the PML(N) has the potential to reclaim its position as a formidable political force and offer a ray of hope in these challenging times for Pakistan.
The writer is a political analyst.


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