Former PTI (and also ex-PML N) leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi called on Governor Rafique Rajwana in Lahore on Thursday and discussed the current political scenario as well as the development works going on in Multan.
It was the third meeting between the two leaders from Multan within a short time, giving rise to speculations that Mr Hashmi could rejoin the ruling PML-N.
Months before the 2013 general elections, Mr Hashmi had quit the PML-N and joined the Imran Khan-led PTI only to resign during the Islamabad sit-in alleging that “the protest was being held at the behest of anti-democracy forces.”
The meetings hint that Mr Rajwana is working on the responsibility he had reportedly been assigned while being appointed as the governor: improving position of the PML-N in south Punjab in the wake of departure of Sardar Zulfikar Khosa, the last PML-N strongman in the Seraiki belt, from the party after developing differences with the Sharifs.
A handout issued after the meeting quoted Mr Hashmi as saying that only continuity of democracy is the basis for a strong political system and that it’s the duty of all to discourage undemocratic elements for the sake of a robust democratic political system.
The ‘rebel’ politician asserted that those seeking a backdoor to reach the power corridors have no future in the country as they have been rejected by the masses, a reference to the defeat of the PTI in by-polls.