Nawaz Sharif briefed on crises festering at home – Pakistan


LONDON: Top PML-N leaders, led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, met on Wednesday with party leader Nakaz Sharif, who was told of “serious economic, constitutional and administrative problems experienced by the current government”.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said the conference reviewed the steps taken by the government since taking office last month and considered measures to save the community from inflation and power outages.

The government group has expressed its views on future measures on economic realities, the report said.

The visit marked the first meeting of the Sharif brothers personally since March 2020. Some London party figures were present at the event.

Maryum says another meeting today; concrete decisions that are expected to get the country out of trouble

Although Mr Nawaz used to hold official meetings in the office of his son Hasan Nawaz at Stanhope House, the meeting was held “in an undisclosed location”.

The decision to change the location appears to have been taken as a result of a PTI-led strike outside the office, where PTI activists met with PML-N staff and both sets of sponsors created unrest outside.

During the meeting, the government team noted that the price of petrol had not been raised at home “in order to save people from the added burden of inflation”.

Participants also discussed the “significant difficulties created by the previous government” in the energy sector.

The meeting also reviewed the “unconstitutional measures” taken since April 3 and agreed that the responsibilities should be dealt with in accordance with the Constitution and the law.

According to the report, another meeting will be held on Thursday (today) under the chairmanship of Nakaz Sharif to make final decisions.

The summit will implement a strategy to lift the country out of economic and constitutional crisis. All decisions will be made with the support of the federation, the report said.

A drawing of the PML-N huddle posted on social media showed cabinet members Khawaja Asif, Miftah Ismail, Ahsan Iqbal, Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Sanaullah and Ataullah Tarar taking turns greeting Nakaz and then Ishaq Dar, standing next to Shehbaz in the living room. . looking at the garden. Abid Sher Ali and Shebaz ‘son Suleman Shehbhaz were also present.

Shehbaz was last seen in London last year, when he, then the leader of the opposition party, returned to Pakistan during the epidemic saying he had returned “as the threat of a coronavirus facing his country was more important than his. eLondon ”.

He tried to return to London in early 2021 but was prevented from doing so by FIA officials who appeared to have been instructed by government officials.

A meeting in London has taken place as the question of when elections will be held has been hotly debated in Pakistan.

In an interview with the BBC, published Wednesday, Khawaja Asif said elections could be held before the military chief was appointed in November this year, but the PPP chairman opposed him hours later, saying elections could only happen if the reforms were passed. .

Later, Mr Asif said his report was “out of context” and said both PML-N and PPP were on the same page in voting content.

PTI, PML-N fans face off again

As the meeting progressed, several PTI supporters gathered outside Hasan Nawaz’s office across Hyde Park to stage a protest against the Sharif. A message circulating on WhatsApp the previous day called on Imran Khan’s supporters to gather immediately outside the Sharifs office to protest against the visiting party. PTI staff carrying flags protested the slogans against Nawaz and Shehbaz as it rained all day.

PML-N workers were expecting a PTI strike and organized dhol walas with their own loudspeaker, as well as dozens of pro-Nawaz and Shehbaz singers. Many grabbed posters with the words ‘Welcome, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’ and beat up former prime minister Imran Khan.

A heavy patrol team from the Met was on hand to ensure that the protests remained peaceful.

This is the second time in the last month that the workers of the two groups have been dealing with each other. On April 11, the day after Mr Khan was voted out of office by opposition lawmakers, PTI workers in large numbers blocked the road outside Avenfield House protesting against Nakaz. The PML-N staff, although few in number that day, responded with drum beats and slogans.

Published on Parhlo, May 12, 2022

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