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Pakistan PM meets brother Nawaz in London

12/05/2022 01:12 PM

NEW DELHI, May 12 (Bernama) -- Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met his elder brother and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London on Wednesday for consultations while his government faces intense pressure to hold fresh elections.

Nawaz's party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leads a coalition government in Islamabad, but his alliance's wafer-thin parliamentary majority keeps it on tenterhooks.

Shehbaz's delegation that met Nawaz included Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan.

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a social media post that Nawaz was given a detailed briefing on "the serious economic, constitutional and administrative crises" Pakistan faces.

In a short video clip posted by the PML-N, Nawaz is seen shaking Shehbaz's hand and patting his brother's shoulder. Nawaz, aged 72, left Pakistan in November 2019 for medical treatment and has been living in Britain in self exile.

There is no clarity whether Nawaz, a three-time premier, would return to Pakistan, where he was convicted for corruption and released on bail weeks before he left the country in an air ambulance.

Shehbaz's administration, installed in April after the 44-month-old PTI-led government of Imran Khan who was ousted as prime minister via a court-directed no-trust vote in the National Assembly, is coming under growing pressure to hold fresh elections.

Shehbaz and his alliance partners, including Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari, are resisting Imran's calls for the nation to go to the polls immediately to end the political turmoil, which prevails not only in Islamabad but in the most populous Punjab province as well.

-- BERNAMA


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