Nawaz-Shehbaz undergoing internal conflict, claims Aitzaz Ahsan

Aitzaz Ahsan

LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan on Monday claimed that former premier Nawaz Sharif and brother Shehbaz Sharif are undergoing a “conflict”, adding that Nawaz is fearful of the latter meeting with senior Saudi Arabian officials.
Talking to media here, Ahsan said that PML-N chief Nawaz did not go to Saudi Arabia on the latter’s invitation.
“Shehbaz must have called him, and told him he was meeting senior [Saudi] officials. So Nawaz panicked and travelled to Saudi Arabia,” the PPP leader said.
Commenting on PPP’s participation in Tahirul Qadri-led All Parties Conference, Ahsan said that the party has not entered into a political alliance with Qadri and only attended the moot to express solidarity with the Model Town incident victims.
The Sharif brothers’ multiple visits to Saudi Arabia have resulted in criticism by opposition parties. PPP and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have questioned the reasons behind the visits.
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah last week, on being asked about Shebaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia, said that it would be worrisome if this visit was aimed at resolving internal matters of the country. “Pakistan is a nuclear country and should have its own policies and rule of rule. We do not need to knock on anyone else’s door.”
However, PML-N leaders have refuted the allegations, saying that Nawaz has had longstanding ties with the Saudis. Earlier today, Nawaz’s spokesman condemned as “baseless” reports that the PML-N chied he is in contact with Saudi Arabia to escape accountability, and said Nawaz accepted court verdicts and is facing cases.


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