Shehbaz pulls out from anti-govt march citing health concerns

Shehbaz Sharif to chair parliamentary party meeting in Lahore today

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday met his elder brother former prime minister Nawaz Sharif inside Kot Lakhpat Jail.

The PML-N president briefed the incarcerated leader on his meetings with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

The former premier asked his brother to convince the PPP to join the ‘Azadi March’ proposed by the JUI-F chief. Nawaz Sharif reportedly suggested that the march be deferred until the PPP makes a final decision. He said Shehbaz should himself lead the march provided that the opposition parties reach a consensus and defer the march.

However, sources relayed that Shehbaz Sharif said that he couldn’t participate in the sit-in due to his health condition as doctors have advised him to rest. Ahsan Iqbal and other PML-N leaders will lead the party at the Islamabad protest instead. 

It is pertinent to mention that earlier today JUI-F lawmakers requested Punjab’s home department to permit them to meet incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif but received no response yet.

The request letter, dated October 2, was written by JUI-F Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidari, parliamentary leader Maulana Asadur Rehman and Muhammad Akram Khan Durrani.

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