Shehbaz Sharif presides over parliamentary party meeting; PM in attendance

Leslie Hanson
May 17, 2018

Reportedly, the meeting agreed that tension between the ruling party, its federal government and the security establishment needed to be defused and it was decided in the meeting that Shehbaz and Abbasi would hold a joint meeting with Sharif to urge him not to take the confrontation still further up, but failed - reportedly. "It is unacceptable that Nawaz is being termed a traitor", Geo TV quoted Prime Minister Abbasi, as saying.

Shehbaz Sharif, who is also the chief minister of Punjab, was appointed the party's president after the disqualification of his brother Nawaz Sharif.

Sources said Shehbaz will discuss with party representatives the present political situation of the country and the issues being faced by the party.

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza on Wednesday had reserved the verdict regarding maintainability of the petitions filed by General Secretary Pakistan Awami Tehreek Khurram Nawaz Gandapur and another by Chairman Pakistan Zindabad Party Aftab Virk Advocate.

The Express Tribune on Wednesday reported that PM Abbasi was under pressure from circles close to Sharif to convene a parliamentary party meeting of the PML-N in order to pass a unanimous resolution in support of Sharif and to condemn that Sharif was "misquoted by Indian media".

During the assembly session on Friday, the finance minister could not make his budget speech as the session was adjourned due to the low number of lawmakers.

The session will review the legislation in the Parliament regarding the merger of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He thanked the cabinet members for their well-wishes and prayers.

Ahsan Iqbal was discharged from Services Hospital, Lahore, on Monday afternoon. One was aimed at removing the bullet from his lower torso, which the doctor had said was better to leave alone then operated on.

He was injured during an assassination attempt at a corner meeting in his constituency Narowal on May 6.

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