PM Shehbaz, Maryam agree to placate disgruntled party leaders

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Saturday called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and discussed the ongoing issues within the PML-N after Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s resignation.

According to PML-N sources, PM Shehbaz and Maryam decided to placate disgruntled party leaders in an effort to address their reservations.

Other than Abbasi’s resignation, the meeting also took up by-elections and possible elections in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The two leaders also discussed organisational and other issues of the party, including consultations on organising the ongoing worker conventions across the country led by Maryam.

The premier stated that the party would partake in the elections with full preparation and would soon issue a message for PML-N workers regarding the upcoming polls.

Earlier, former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi confirmed that he has resigned as party senior vice president because of Maryam Nawaz.

Party supremo Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam was promoted to the position of party’s senior vice president in January – a position she would have shared together with Abbasi upon her return to Pakistan after three months’ absence.

However, the senior politician tendered his resignation from the post, although he remains a member of the party.

Separately, Maryam Nawaz said that politics of Nawaz Sharif had always been serving masses.

Talking to former PML-N members of the Punjab Assembly and ticket-holders during a meeting here, she said that on the contrary, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership only spread hatred and levelled baseless allegations against their political opponents during the past four years.

She said the PTI rule was full of political victimisation, but the PML-N leaders remained steadfast and loyal with the party and faced that tough time with courage.

The meeting discussed various suggestions to expedite public campaign. Those who called on Maryam Nawaz included Khawaja Salman, Saiful Malook Khokhar, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Mujtaba Shuja, Imran Goraya, Yasin Sohil, Chaudhry Shehbaz, Rana Ahsan Sharafat and others.


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