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PM Shehbaz Sharif in London to meet party leader Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Photo – AFP / File
  • PM Shehbaz lands in London at Gatwick Airport South Terminal at 5.25am.
  • Nawaz Sharif says Imran Khan has caused unprecedented havoc in Pakistan
  • Sources say PML-N should make a “big decision”.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is in London to meet his older brother and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, with “big decisions” apparently on the cards. The Prime Minister arrived this morning, sources within the aviation authorities confirmed.

The Prime Minister, accompanied by his delegation, landed in London at the South Terminal of Gatwick Airport early Wednesday morning. His flight took off from Islamabad around midnight last night.

According to the sources, Nawaz Sharif needs to consult the party leadership on some important issues on which he has reservations and the PML-N should take a “big decision”, which is why he rejected the proposal to have a meeting in line.

Speaking to media in London, Nawaz said he was looking forward to meeting Shehbaz Sharif and the others accompanying him. Sources said several federal ministers, including Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Khawaja Asif and Khurram Dastagir, are accompanying Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the trip.

Nawaz said the PTI government had left Pakistan in deep economic disarray.

“The PTI government has created a crisis in all spheres of the country. Imran Khan’s government has harmed Pakistan in every possible way, be it social, economic, cultural or political issues. Nothing like this has ever happened in the history of Pakistan.”

Asked about former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s references to Mir Jafar and betrayal, the PML-N said Imran Khan had caused unprecedented havoc in the country and the kind of destruction he left behind him had never been seen before.

“Fortunately, he is gone and his destructive ways have been stopped.”

Speaking about the scheduled meeting, Nawaz said they will discuss the current situation as well as the way forward.

Meanwhile, PML-N leader Ishaq Dar said the meeting in London was of crucial importance as big decisions about the economy need to be made. He ruled out the idea of ​​a snap election and said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had already said elections before October were not possible.

The party sources further said that during the meeting with Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar, they will discuss a strategy on the prices of petroleum products.

The discussion is of particular importance as a delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to begin talks with Pakistani officials on May 18 in Doha.

Additionally, decisions regarding power-sharing, upcoming general elections and the Punjab cabinet will also be made at the meeting.

Last month, the PML-N supremo met with PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – a key ally of the ruling coalition – in London to discuss ways forward after a “constitutional victory for democracy, the state of law and the supremacy of parliament”.

The two leaders agreed to work closely together to “fix the rot at all levels,” read a joint statement.