ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been asked by some senior Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members to schedule a parliamentary party meeting in order to pass a resolution supporting former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and to condemn that Sharif was “misquoted by Indian”, regarding his recent statement on Mumbai attacks, reported a local media outlet.
According to the publication, any such meeting will be tantamount to bringing the PM and the security brass face to face as the PM has already conducted a press conference on Monday in support of Sharif.
Sharif, however, termed NSC declaration as ‘regrettable and painful.’ PM Abbasi attended the National Assembly session the same day where he strongly supported Sharif.
According to the publication, however, Abbasi is facing strong criticism and pressure from Sharif’s close aides after he chaired the NSC meeting in which, without naming the former PM, he rejected and condemned his statement related to the Mumbai attacks. The party members want Abbasi to ‘do more’ now to rectify the declaration, according to details, hence the demand for a party meeting in support of the former PM.
According to reports, both PM Abbasi and PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif held separate meetings with Sharif in Lahore and Islamabad on Sunday and Monday to convince him to either retract his statement on Mumbai attacks or explain his stance on the matter but he refused to comply.
CM Shehbaz has publically said that he stands by his elder brother’s statement which he says was “misquoted by Indian media.”