Abbasi hints arrest of Nawaz Sharif in near future Says “We have no option except to implement NAB’s orders”


LONDON: A strategic meeting between Pakistan’s present Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and ‘disqualified’ premier Nawaz Sharif was held in London at later’s Park Lane flat on Sunday. Overall political situation and especially the forthcoming cases against Sharif family were the main topics of discussion.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reportedly explained to his party leader about his statement in which he has hinted his (Nawaz Sharif) arrest in near future if NAB orders so.

Mr. Abbasi conceded that conspiracies against his Pakistan Muslim League-N party continued but added that one should fight against such plots.

When asked about allegations being levelled by certain party members regarding a plot against the PML-N, he said, with a smile: “Conspiracies are continuing and there is nothing new about it. Conspiracies shall be dealt with [politically].”

He was asked whether he thought the irregularities in the by-poll were actually the part of the alleged plot against the PML-N and him. Mr Sharif, however, parried the question and only said that his party was reviewing the situation. 

He also chose not to reply a question about the references filed against him and his family members. In reply to a question, he said his meeting with PM Abbasi focused on national and political issues.

It may be recalled that Mr Abbasi in an interview to a private news channel said in Pakistan that action would be taken against Mr Sharif if an accountability court issued orders for his arrest. “We have to apply [court order] ..we [will] have no choice.”

The anchorperson asked Mr Abbasi whether his government would implement the directives of the Election Commission of Pakistan to arrest Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Imran Khan. He said the directives would have to be implemented and the officers would have no other options but to comply with them.

To another question, he said there was a need to amend Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution as only the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) could fulfil the requirements of those articles. However, he added, that those articles should be amended only after evolving consensus.

Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in London on Sunday en route to New York to participate in the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commencing from 18 September 2017.

The Prime Minister was received at the airport by the High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas together with officials of the High Commission.