Top members of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, met their party’s supreme leader, Nawaz Sharif, in London on Wednesday and briefed him on the country’s economy.
PML-N leaders said the meeting revolved around 300 billion Pakistani rupees which are immediately needed to stabilize the country’s economy, ARY News reported citing the sources familiar with the details of the meeting.
According to PML-N sources, the country will receive two billion dollars from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in deferred payment as the conversation with the International Monetary Fund is at an advanced stage.
“The party caucus also consulted on the cases against former Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Pakistani leadership of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI),” sources said.
The party will again consider options for Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan after the budget session. The PML-N meeting was decided for the mandatory consultation with former finance minister Ishaq Dar on key economic decisions, according to ARY News citing sources.
Meanwhile, at the meeting, the PML-N leaders opposed the electoral alliance with the Pakistan People’s Party. Party leaders have said a “Democracy Charter” can be inked with the PPP, but an electoral alliance is unlikely, a party leader said.
In the first session of the crucial PML-N rally, it was decided that there would be no snap elections in Islamabad and that the main objective of the current government should be to provide economic aid to the citizens and to make long-term economic decisions.
The six-hour meeting was held between Pakistani Prime Minister, his brother and party supremo Nawaz Sharif and other leaders including Khwaja Asif, Miftah Ismail, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Atta Tarar, Rana Sanaullah, Ishaq Dar, Ayaz Sadiq , at an undisclosed location in London, The News International citing sources.
Notably, the president of the PTI has been calling for early general elections in the country ever since he lost the motion of no confidence in the National Assembly.
Sources said Nawaz Sharif asked for suggestions on various issues including early elections to all party leaders and everyone agreed that the PML-N should implement the economic program for the remaining term, then announce the next elections in consultation with coalition partners.
Shortly after the meeting, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the party leaders and the prime minister presented a comprehensive report on the social, economic and political situation in Pakistan to the supremo and briefed him on the government agenda and planning.
Nawaz Sharif is our Quaid. The meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif was long overdue. We inherited today’s Pakistan in a written off situation and we had to review the whole situation to formulate a plan. It was a private delegation,” she said, according to The News International.
Shehbaz Sharif arrived in London to meet his brother Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday.
Nawaz, who is convicted in a corruption case, has been living in London on the pretext of poor health since 2019. The former Pakistani prime minister has requested extensions to extend his stay in London on medical grounds.
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