Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his elder brother and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif met Friday in London, with a focus on Pakistan's economic situation as well as political developments.
The prime minister along with 10 members of the federal cabinet reached London Wednesday as a part of his private three-day visit as tensions run high on the political front in the country.
His delegation comprises of federal ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Miftah Ismail, Ayaz Sadiq, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Saad Rafiq, and Khawaja Asif and other party leaders.
Following their first meeting on Wednesday, the Sharif brothers once again met at Hussain Nawaz’s office, however, no official details regarding the meeting’s agenda were disclosed.
Talking to SAMAA TV’s Naveed Chaudhry, PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the meeting was not for any “conclusion” but for “consultations” on economic conditions. “Now, we will talk to our allies and see how to move forward,” he added.
He said Imran Khan had destroyed the country’s economy and it would take years to revive it.
The former prime minister further said that calling “early elections” was a prerogative of the prime minister.
The trip was lambasted by PTI Chairperson Imran Khan during his public rallies, saying the country’s prime minister and entire cabinet had gone to meet a “corrupt and convicted” person on “taxpayer’s money”.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rana Sanullah said that Nawaz Sharif is the party head and “it is important” to consult him on crucial affairs. “The cabinet will decide whether Imran Khan will be allowed to march on Islamabad or not,” he added.
SAMAA TV’s Asim Naseer said important decisions on a number of issues, including early elections, subsidy on petroleum products, and strategy to counter Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) narrative are expected.
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