Senior politician and former governor of Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, who was formerly associated with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is reportedly attempting a political comeback to the PTI. Sarwar.
Sarwar shifted his allegiance to the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and currently serves as its chief organiser, had parted ways with PTI during the no-confidence motion in April last year.
Reports also suggest despite Sarwar’s efforts, Sarwar has garnered little response from PTI leaders. With his current base in Scotland, he has been reaching out to PTI members to explore possibilities of rejoining the party. However, PTI’s leadership, including Imran Khan, appears hesitant to re-embrace those who previously defected in crucial times.
After leaving PTI, Sarwar joined PML-Q in March this year but has since been living in Scotland, disengaged from active party politics. His family’s desire to contest elections on PTI tickets in Faisalabad is a driving force behind his desire to rejoin PTI, given the lack of opportunities within PML-N.
Sarwar’s son, Anas, is the Scottish Labour leader with upcoming elections in Glasgow, where the Pakistani vote is significant. Sarwar has not denied these efforts but mentioned that “all options are on the table.”
Challenges and Responses
The PTI, currently facing political challenges, has not shown any interest in Sarwar’s offer to return. Imran Khan’s stance of not forgiving those who betrayed the party during difficult times remains a significant hurdle for Sarwar.
In the past, Sarwar has been critical of PTI’s governance, particularly its handling of IMF negotiations. His reappointment as Punjab governor under PTI and subsequent dissatisfaction with the role and with then-Governor Usman Buzdar were notable events in his political career.
Currently, Sarwar remains in political limbo, with his future in PTI uncertain and his role in PML-Q passive. His final decision, amidst the complex dynamics of Pakistani politics, is yet to be seen.