Nawaz Sharif meets PML-N leaders to counter ‘groupism’ within party

Nawaz Sharif resigned as PM in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him over undeclared income. File Photo Related News

Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday met senior PML-N leaders and discussed a strategy for countering groupings within the ruling party, according to a media report.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is currently facing political uncertainty in the wake of corruption cases against its top leadership. The meeting took place amidst reports that the government was planning to put up for vote a controversial constitutional amendment bill in the National Assembly that proposes the right to appeal against an order of the Supreme Court passed in a suo motu notice case, the Express Tribune reported.

The -led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has reacted strongly to the move, describing it as a bid to ease pressure on Sharif.

Sharif, 67, who returned from London on Thursday to face the court cases against him, resigned as PM in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him over undeclared income. Three cases were registered by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 8 against Sharif, his children and son-in-law in the Accountability Court of Islamabad, following a verdict by the Supreme Court.

In a meeting with National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Chaudhry Muneer at his residence, Sharif expressed concerns over reports of groupings within the party ranks. In the meeting, the party leaders decided to launch a mass public campaign for the 2018 general elections starting with a rally in Abbottabad on November 12.

The political future of Sharif has been hanging in balance. If convicted, Sharif can be jailed. Sharif’s family has alleged that the cases against him were politically motivated.

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