PML-N to go tough on MPs who met Imran

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–PML-N Punjab President Rana Sanaullah says only few members met PM and they weren’t ‘loyal’ to the party to begin with

PML-N MPA confirms meeting, says it was his right to meet PM and CM 

ISLAMABAD: A day after over a dozen of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmakers from Punjab Assembly called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence, PML-N has decided to go tough on the said lawmakers.

According to media reports, the party will issue notices to the MPs and ask them to explain their position with regards to the meeting with PM Imran at his residence.

Meanwhile, the PML Punjab president, Rana Sanaullah, admitted that there was a meeting between the N-leaguers and PM Imran, however, the number of the PML-N lawmakers present in the meeting was exaggerated.

According to a local TV channel, Sana said the members who called on Imran are those who joined the party before the general elections after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) refused to give them the party ticket. He said there was no truth to reports that claimed 15 lawmakers met Imran, as the only three of four names came up.

Meanwhile, PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb told a local media outlet that the PTI should name the lawmakers who visited Bani Gala if such a meeting ever happened.

“We have no information regarding PML-N parliamentarians meeting the prime minister. We also do not believe that such a meeting has happened. This is a deliberate attempt to spread fake news and divert people’s attention from PTI’s failed economic policies,” she said.

“If it happened then it was highly unethical,” the former minister was quoted as saying.

Questioning the veracity of news, she said if PML-N members were defecting then it would have reflected in the budget votes.

‘IT’S MY RIGHT TO MEET PM’:

Meanwhile, a PML-N MPA Mian Jalil Ahmed confirmed his meeting with the premier, though he didn’t name others who were part of the meeting.

According to a media report, he said it was his democratic right to discuss his constituency’s issues with the PM and chief minister.

Talking to journalists, Ahmed said that PM Imran assured that all the problems faced by the people in the area would be resolved. He said that the prime minister did not ask him to join his party. Ahmed had joined PML-N in 2018 before the general elections. He had remained in the PTI before that.

 

FORWARD BLOC IN THE MAKING:

At least 15 PML-N lawmakers had called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence, leading to speculation that a forward bloc is being formed in the opposition parties.

According to reports, the PML-N lawmakers discussed political issues with the PM. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was also present in the meeting.

The PML-N lawmakers reportedly expressed confidence in the policies of Prime Minister Imran and Chief Minister Buzdar during the meeting.

When contacted for comments by a private news channel, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb declined to comment. According to reports, the lawmakers were in contact with the PTI leadership for some time.