LAHORE: The disgruntled leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Zaeem Qadri, lashed out at former chief minister of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif, and his son Hamza Shehbaz, saying Lahore was not their property.
While addressing a news conference, Qadri said he did not say anything when PML-N decided to field another candidate in the constituency he wanted to contest the election from. “[But] I cannot polish Hamza’s boots.”
Qadri challenged Hamza, saying he will get into politics in Lahore and show him.
“I’m not your masseur” will do the bidding of the workers, the disgruntled leader said. “I stand by the workers of Punjab and Pakistan.”
Addressing Hamza, Qadri said, “You may bring your boot polishers and contest elections, my competition is with you.”
Qadri also announced to contest elections as an independent candidate from NA-133 after party leadership refused to give him a National Assembly ticket.
According to media, Qadri was seen upset with the PML-N leadership as the party has decided to field another candidate to contest polls in the constituency, NA-133.
Besides Qadri, Imran Shah and Asif Raza are also said to be upset with the party leadership hence would be contesting polls as independent candidates from PP-166 and PP-167 respectively.
The PML-N leader and former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and another party leader Rana Mashhood reached Township to placate the disgruntled Qadri.
‘First drop of rain’
In his reaction to the development, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan said that “Zaeem Qadri is the first drop of rain” and that the reality of Nawaz-league had been exposed.
He said that his party would welcome Qadri and that their doors were opened for the disgruntled PML-N leader.
“Situation tells us that more PML-N members will break away from the party in the days to come,” he said.