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“No early elections”; London meeting agrees to PPP, will persuade others

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who is currently on a visit to United Kingdom (UK), has extended his stay in UK for two more days. Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation comprising some federal ministers and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders were scheduled to return to Pakistan on Friday. According to sources, Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation will now return to Pakistan on Sunday.

Sources further said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif along with his delegation will hold another round of talks with PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif today (Friday).

Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and several federal ministers including Ahsan Iqbal, Miftah Ismail, Ayyaz Sadiq, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Asif reached United Kingdom on Wednesday to meet PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif to discuss current political and economic situation of the country.

During the meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, it was agreed that there is no possibility of early elections in the country and General elections will be held only after the completion of electoral reforms.

LONDON: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and members of his cabinet and former finance minister Ishaq Dar stand with former three-time prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in London on Wednesday.

Hence, PML-N has agreed on this issue with Pakistan Peoples Party and its co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had discussed with Nawaz Sharif on phone. According to latest information, JUI Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman who is also the Head of PDM, has also agreed in principal that the elections should be held after reforms.

Senior Vice President of PML-N, Maryam Nawaz is in favour of early election as Imran Khan and his party are demanding and they will hold long march to Islamabad in fourth week of this month.

PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif also briefed PM Shehbaz Sharif on the phone conversation with former President Asif Ali Zardari and said after long discussion, he agreed on delayed elections.

According to PML-N sources, former Prime Minister emphasized to complete election and constitutional reforms as soon as possible and to expose the corruption of Imran Khan and other PTI members with evidence.

It was also agreed that all parties would be taken into confidence over the economic issues. Nawaz Sharif also directed to formulate a strategy to minimize the burden on the people while asked the PML-N leaders to make preparations for the general elections.

Rana Sanaullah

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that early elections in the country would be announced after seeking the approval of all coalition partners.

LONDON: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan along with Marriyum Aurangzeb and Ahsan Iqbal talking to media in London on Thursday. (Nation picture)

Sanaullah was talking to the media in London with other senior leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, who are in the British capital as part of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s delegation to meet former premier Nawaz Sharif.

“All decisions including early elections will be announced with the support and approval of all coalition partners,” the interior minister adding “Will carry out electoral reforms, to work on [mechanism] for the representation of overseas Pakistanis [in parliament] but abolish [use of] EVM [electronic voting machines]”.

Marriyum Aurangzeb

Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that former prime minister Imran Khan is responsible for the freefall of the Pakistani currency as he has brought Pakistan on the verge of economic disaster. Ms Aurangzeb was reacting to the tweets posted by former information minister and PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry.

In his tweet, Fawad Ch said: The whole so-called government is sitting in London. Here the rupee has gone to Rs 193 per dollar. There is no government in the country. Water is not available in Punjab. Kharif crops are being destroyed. Stop this joke 

In another tweet, Fawad Ch said: Rupee at all time low Rs193/$ (from Rs178/ on 8March); Interest rates at 15% highest since 1998; stock market down 3,000 pts or 6.4%; stock market lost Rs604 billion capitalisation; Inflation 13.4% highest since Jan 2020. Reflects lowest ever confidence in Imported government.

Giving her reaction to Chaudhrys tweets, Ms Aurangzeb said that it was Imran Sahib who sealed the agreement with the IMF. The poor people are bearing the brunt of this agreement in the shape of skyrocketing inflation, she added.

Ms Aurangzeb reminded the former premier that to put the country’s economy and public interest at stake was tantamount to treason. She held Imran Khan responsible for the continuous slide of Pakistani rupee, saying that it was former premier who pushed the country into economic swamp.

The information minister also lashed out at Imran Khan for political instability prevalent in the country these days. She deplored that in order to save his failed politics, Imran froze the POL prices thus causing irreparable loss to the country’s exchequer.

Imran has mounted on a container to conceal his anti-economy crimes, Ms Aurangzeb alleged adding that Imran should not raise a den, rather he should answer the people regarding inflation which his government had unleashed in the country.

Separately, PML-N leader Javed Latif said that the objective of Imran Khan was to weaken the country’s economy and state institutions.  What Imran Khan is saying these days, it is not good for Pakistan, Latif said adding that the former PTI premier was trying to flare up civil war in the country.

He said the government was not afraid of general elections but we first want election reforms before polls.  The PML-N leader was of the view that nobody could bring forth change by holding public rallies. He said that the government was cleansing the dirt of the last four years created by the PTI government.