The PML-N's students federation is deeply dissatisfied with the party's senior leadership, including Nawaz Sharif, for not being treated "respectfully" or given representation in the party's Central Working Committee (CWC) and Central Executive Committee (CEC) — the PML-N's main decision-making bodies.
The tensions surfaced in an acrimonious meeting of Muslim Students Federation-N (MSF-N) Chief Organiser Sardar Mohsin Abbasi and PML-N leader Raja Zafarul Haq, a video recording of which has been acquired by DawnNews.
During the meeting, Abbasi complained that members of the youth wing were not given any respect or consideration within the PML-N.
"We should be given what is rightfully ours, or we will take the MSF and create another party with its members," Abbasi threatened at one point.
"We do not have a single representative on the CWC or the CEC; you give us some respect, and we will turn up with 50 thousand people for the December 27 hearing," he said.
"You told us to speak the truth, and when we are, you are telling us that we're acting emotionally," he complained. "What standing does the MSF even have in the party? You tell us," he asked the PML-N leader.
He also expressed the youth wing's reservations on other matters.
"Why did you touch the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat [oath in the Elections Act 2017]?" he asked. "Our people are asking us why they should ruin their faith for the sake of Nawaz Sharif," he said.
"It doesn't matter if what happened was right or wrong or just a mistake — it had a deeply negative impact. The party's leadership has spent their entire lives as part of different governments: what harm did it do to you?" he asked. "But we have been left with nothing to offer our people as politics."
"We will start protesting if we are not given our rights," he warned.