PML-N decides to play safe with Fazl Karim – by Muhammad Akram
LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-N is not contemplating any action against its member of parliament from Faisalabad, Sahibzada Fazl Karim, despite the fact that he violated the party stance on the alleged blasphemy committed by Aasia Bibi, the sources in the party informed Daily Times.
The sources said the top PML-N leadership has shown no or least interest to violation of the party stance on the alleged incident, as it believes that the court has handed down the verdict on Aasia Bibi on the basis of a weak complaint and dubious evidence. Sahibzada Fazl Karim was elected on a PML-N ticket from Faisalabad in 2002 and 2008 general elections. The sources said the PML-N leadership was of the considered view that the party stance notwithstanding the public outcry by religious right demands expediency on the part of the party leadership as any action against Fazl Karim could affect the party vote bank across the country. The sources said though Fazl Karim-led Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC)’s announcement to contest next general election from SIC platform amounts to violation of the party discipline yet the party thought it was prudent to let the matter pass unnoticed. The SIC long march, which was initially planned to condemn terrorist attacks on shrines, was allowed to convert into condemnation of the blasphemy incident of Sheikhupura, ignoring the divide existing in society over the flaws in the law.
The PML-N sources said: “Sahibzada Fazl Karim was riding on the shoulders of his own constituents and if he was reprimand as the party discipline demands before or after the long march it could have negative effects on the party support in the urban centres of Punjab.” The sources said the top PML-N leadership has, however, advised the Punjab government to provide maximum security to Aasia Bibi in jail to avoid the repetition of incidents in which accused of blasphemy were murdered in jail. The PML-N government is aware of the need to protect the life of Aasia Bibi and has instructed the officials concerned to provide her maximum security, said an official of the provincial home department on the condition of anonymity. (Source)