Shehbaz to ‘leave for London’ tonight as Nawaz summons emergency meeting

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif along with senior PML-N leaders will leave for London tonight to meet party supremo Nawaz Sharif in the wake of heightened political uncertainty in the country, Express News quoted party sources as saying on Tuesday.

According to insiders, Nawaz has summoned an “emergency meeting” of the party leaders to discuss matters related to economy and prevailing political situation of the country among crucial issues facing the country, Express News reported.

The insiders further said the ruling party is expected to make some ‘big decisions’ regarding the fate of coalition government led by PML-N.

Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb later confirmed the development while addressing a press conference held in Islamabad to brief the media of decisions taken during today’s cabinet meeting.

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“Prime Minister Shehbaz and PML-N members are going on a private visit to London to meet with Nawaz Sharif,” she said in an apparent bid to downplay the matter as she added that such consultations within the party were not unusual.

“This is not a big deal but people who have nothing to say and nothing to show for their performance are blowing it out of proportion,” she remarked.

The senior PML-N leader and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recently suggested that fair and transparent general elections should be held as soon as possible.

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Dar, who has been living in London for the past few years, said that PML-N and its allies were not in favour that the incumbent government completing its tenure.

“Some people want the government to complete its tenure but Nawaz Sharif is of the view that fair and free elections should be held as soon as possible,” he remarked during an interview with a local broadcaster.

The sources said given the importance of the matter, former PM Nawaz has refused to hold virtual meeting and asked the party leaders to visit London.

PML-N Vice President Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is already in the British capital and has reportedly confirmed the development.

The PML-N delegation is expected return to the country on Friday.

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