–Khawaja Asif says his party endorses snap elections but there must be an in-house change first
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) held an important meeting on Saturday in London to discuss the parliamentary and political developments in the country, especially in the wake of pending legislation on the army chief’s tenure and the appointment of members and chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The meeting chaired by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif was attended by senior leaders Ahsan Iqbal, Ishaq Dar, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Khawaja Asif, Rana Tanvir, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Marriyum Aurangzeb.
Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Khawaja Asif said that the PML-N chief was briefed on parliamentary issues.
“His guidance on these issues was sought,” said Asif, adding that the next strategy will be formulated upon their return to Pakistan.
“The issue of the army chief’s extension cannot be commented upon until the issuance of the detailed judgement.”
The PML-N leader said his party favoured in-house change in case snap polls were to take place. “We don’t want to perpetuate the change but the in-house change is for the sake of holding new elections,” he added.
Asif said the £190 million settlement by the family of property tycoon Malik Riaz was not discussed during the meeting.
The PML-N meeting also decided to hold a protest against the government on Sunday (today).
In a brief conversation with reporters, Shehbaz Sharif said that Islamabad was being governed through voodoo spells.
The PML-N leaders later met former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at the Avenfield Apartments after their meeting at the Maroush Gardens.
ARMY CHIEF EXTENSION:
As the government seeks support to legislate over the extension of army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has plans to put forth some conditions for any support in this regard.
However, Shehbaz Sharif is waiting for a detailed judgement in the case so a future strategy could be chalked out.
ECP APPOINTMENTS DILEMMA:
The opposition and government are facing a deadlock over the appointments of ECP members, as both sides have failed to reach a consensus on the matter. Though both Shehbaz and Prime Minister Imran Khan have sent their recommendations for the post to the relevant parliamentary committee, an agreement is yet to be reached.
Earlier on Wednesday, opposition members approached the Supreme Court requesting it to “pass an appropriate order” in the wake of an impasse in parliament on the appointment of the chief election commissioner (CEC) and two ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan.