Govt has no personal enmity with ailing Nawaz Sharif: PM Imran Khan

PM reaffirms Pakistan's commitment for Kashmir's right to self-determination

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday expressed that the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was facilitated on the basis of humanity on every forum. “The government showed flexibility in the law to remove Nawaz Sharif from the ECL”, he said, adding that the government has no personal enmity with the former prime minister.
According to sources, during the meeting of PTI’s core committee, matters pertaining to the issue of Nawaz Sharif’s illness and name in ECL was discussed. The speeches of Maulana Fazlur Rehman were also condemned for criticizing the national institutions.
During the meeting, Imran Khan expressed that the health of the PML-N supremo is more important than politics. He asserted that they do not have any objection over Sharif family seeking relief from the court instead of submitting security bonds for Nawaz Sharif.
Imran Khan said that it is quite unfortunate that the Sharif family has been doing politics over the issue of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s illness, instead of focusing on his treatment. The Prime Minister said that it is beyond comprehension why the Sharifs would turn down the indemnity bond, adding that Nawaz needs to go abroad for treatment.
During the meeting of PTI’s core committee, it was decided that legal action would be taken against the speeches made by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman during Azadi March.
On the issue of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman’s Azadi March, PM Imran said that the nation has rejected Maulana’s narrative.
He said that now Fazl is fooling people under the guise of ‘Plan B’, adding that the government completely facilitated the sit-in and protesters in Islamabad.
He went on to say that Fazlur Rehman wasted time and money of people. “Maulana Fazlur Rehman is putting the public into problem by closing roads in the country”, he asserted, adding that JUI-F chief used religion card in his sit-in.
On the other hand, PM Imran formed a four-member committee to look into the affairs of the media. The committee will be comprised of Firdous Ashiq Awan, Jahangir Tareen, Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry.
The committee will formulate a media awareness strategy for public welfare measures, and action will be taken to present the government’s performance to the public in an efficient way.
Meanwhile, Pervez Khattak, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shibli Faraz and Asad Qaiser will formulate policies and legislative strategy on parliamentary matters.
Regarding inflation, Prime Minister said that party officials should work together with the district administration to identify the reserves. “People are conspiring to thwart the government by showing artificial inflation”, he maintained.
The PM, in the meeting, hinted at imminent changes in the federal, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet.
The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan, Leader of House in the Senate Shibli Faraz and senior leader Jahangir Tareen.
Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khan Khattak, Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Home Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, Privatization Commission Minister Muhammad Mian Soomro, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed, former finance minister Asad Umar, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, PM’s Special Envoy for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, Advisor to PM on parliamentary affairs Babar Awan, Aleem Khan, Provincial Minister Atif Khan, Secretary General Aamir Kayani and others also attended the session.

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