LONDON: Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-N have agreed and decided to cooperate with all political parties to strengthen the democracy and economy and will work together.
The development came during a meeting of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif at the office of the latter’s son at the Stanhope House.
PPP leaders Sherry Rehman, Naveed Qamar, and Qamar Zaman Kaira were part of the meeting, while PML-N leaders Ishaq Dar, Hasan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, and Abid Sher Ali were also present.
Speaking to journalists, Bilawal Bhutto said the coalition government would try to once again work towards the restoration of democracy in the country.
“There was no foreign conspiracy against Imran Khan, it was a democratic conspiracy […] It was not White House, but a conspiracy hatched at the Bilawal House,” he said.
“There was no foreign conspiracy against Imran Khan. It was a conspiracy of real democracy, a democracy hatched at Bilawal House not White House”: Bilawal. We have to repair Pakistan: Nawaz
He claimed that Nawaz’s sacrifices for democracy were evident before everyone and noted that he came to meet the PML-N supremo today as once everyone is on the same page, only then can they resolve Pakistan’s issues.
“PML-N and PPP will solve Pakistan’s issues once they are on the same page,” he said, asking all the institutions to remain within their constitutional parameters
“Were you involved in holding an atomic blast? Why will there be a foreign conspiracy against you?” Nawaz asked ousted premier Khan as he addressed a press conference alongside PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in London.
Nawaz — who was removed by the Supreme Court from the prime minister’s office in 2017 — said during the PML-N’s government, the country’s economy was moving in the right direction.
“But now we will have to repair the damage done to the economy,” Nawaz said as he stressed that ousting Khan from power was crucial for the country’s development.
He also claimed that there has never been such a hostile political environment in Pakistan as there was during PTI’s tenure.
“Khan promoted the culture of hooliganism and immorality.”
Noting that there was an enormous challenge facing the new government, he called for joint efforts from all the parties to resolve Pakistan’s issues.
“We need to work together as Pakistan saw the worst of times during the four years that Imran Khan was in power […] he took U-turns on everything and always did the opposite of what he vowed to,” Nawaz said.
Taking a jibe at the PTI chairman, Nawaz said that Khan had claimed that he would take his own life before approaching the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial support. “But we did not see him take his own life till now,” he said.
Concluding his bit, Nawaz thanked Bilawal for visiting him at the office and also informed journalists that they would hold another meeting tomorrow — but provided no details about it.
In joint press conference, Nawaz rues crisis-like economic situation
Bilawal and Nawaz also held a joint press conference later, where the latter rued the economic situation of the country and the plight of the rupee against the dollar. He said it would take a lot of time to stabilise the economy and it was not an easy task.
Nawaz criticised the deterioration of the political discourse in the country, saying he had never before seen “the environment created by Imran and the PTI”.
He termed the previous government’s tenure as among the “blackest” in the country’s history and blasted Imran for his “U-turns”.
The PML-N supremo said all the parties of the country, from all the provinces would have to play their role to together take the country out of the crisis-like situation.
Nawaz thanked Bilawal for paying him a visit and said the two would have another meeting the next day.
Meanwhile, Bilawal said the PPP and PML-N had once again “created history” with their recent success. He said whereas prime ministers were previously removed through undemocratic means, Imran was removed through a constitutional, parliamentary and democratic manner.
“Pakistan is at a crossroads. We can either go towards the revival of democracy … or we can go in reverse gear and repeat the same mistakes,” he said.
Ending the press conference, Nawaz termed Khan’s claim of being removed through a foreign conspiracy a “great big lie”.