Thursday, December 14, 2017

Govt will complete tenure, polls to be held on time: PM Abbasi

The visiting PML-N leaders also met former premier Shaukat Aziz at his residence yesterday to offer their condolences on the demise of his son

LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday said the government would complete its tenure and elections would be held on time. 

"The government will complete its tenure and elections will be held on time," said the prime minister, reiterating the government's stance. 

The premier further said that Ayaz Sadiq's statement was his personal opinion and he is independent as the speaker of the national assembly. 

The speaker of national assembly had stated on Wednesday that he fears the assemblies will not be able to complete their tenure. 

"The reservations the speaker have spoken of are in reference to the events of the last three to four months. He made this in reference to the July 28 order which has impacted the economy and politics. Maybe it [Sadiq’s statement] is being taken out of context. This is his opinion.”

Along with the prime minister, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif also arrived at Hasan Nawaz's office in London to meet party leader and former premier Nawaz Sharif.

The prime minister also said that the merger of FATA with KP is part of the agenda and some reservations raised are being allayed. 

Adding to what the premier had said, Asif maintained that having differences over the issue is natural as the issues goes back centuries. 

The foreign minister further added that issue will be resolved soon and the process, started during the PML-N, will be carried forward. 

“Fata has an old history which is being reversed by changing its status. A new paradigm is being introduced. It is natural to have small hitches. These will be removed and the issue resolved," said the foreign minister. 

“Mian Sahib will return and we will finalise election strategy. The soft launch of the election campaign will be from next month. Elections will be in July and everyone will know who is in how much water," said Asif while referring to the upcoming general elections. 

He further said that there is no destabilisation in the country and PML-N's agenda and manifesto is being delivered to the masses. 

In the high-level meeting of the top brass of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan’s political and economic prevailing developments are being discussed.

Nawaz's daughter Maryam, Shehbaz's son Salman, and other members of the family are also present at the meeting.

Earlier, speaking to the media before heading into the meeting, Asif reiterated that the government will complete its tenure.

"There is no threat to the government. Rise and falls happen," he said. 

Abbasi said since the leaders were in London, they decided to meet Nawaz and there was no specific agenda for the meeting. 

"Since we were in London, we thought we will meet Nawaz too."

Referring to the special OIC summit held on Wednesday in Istanbul, the premier said that hopefully the United States will ponder over the decision it took after heads of Muslim states clarified their stance on Jerusalem. 

Earlier, the senior government figures arrived in London after a one-day visit to Turkey for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s emergency summit on the status of Jerusalem. 

The PML-N leaders also met former premier Shaukat Aziz at his London residence yesterday to offer their condolences on the demise of his son.

According to credible sources privy to developments in PML-N, Nawaz has also recently met former finance minister Ishaq Dar in London. The meeting was held at the residence of Nawaz's son, Hasan Nawaz, wherein the present situation of the country came under discussion, sources said.