Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his elder brother Nawaz Sharif have decided to hold general elections “on time and no pressure in this regard would be accepted.”

Shehbaz on Sunday called on PML-N chief Nawaz in London. Former finance minister Ishaq Dar and Salman Shehbaz were also present during the meeting.

Shehbaz informed Nawaz about the consultations with Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman.

The brothers agreed to steer the country out of multiple crises with the help of allies.

Premier Shehbaz said that at present the federal government was focused on rehabilitating the flood victims and improving the economy.

All allies are in favour of holding general elections on time and they vowed that the incumbent government would not accept any pressure and would complete its constitutional term.

Both the brothers also held talks on the appointment of new army chief and change of government in the Punjab.

Nawaz urged the premier to take measures for controlling the rising inflation in the country and said that steps should be taken to provide relief to the people.

“Shehbaz is making tireless efforts to rehabilitate the flood victims,” the PMLN supremo added.

Though Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb were part of PM Shehbaz’s delegation, they did not attend the meeting between Shehbaz and Nawaz.

Shehbaz said that the entire nation was united for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected people and the government was determined to completing the rehabilitation phase at the earliest.

MEDIA TALK: Talking to media, he said that the government has allocated Rs70 billion to provide relief to the flood-affected people.

The prime minister said a cash assistance of Rs25,000 was being provided to every flood-affected family through the Benazir Income Support Programme. The federal government, in collaboration with provinces, is providing food, tents, blankets and other essential items to the flood victims, he added.

Shehbaz said people were generously contributing to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund and all state institutions are working tirelessly for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims. He appreciated the role of the armed forces in helping the flood-hit people. He also thanked the friendly countries and humanitarian organisations for their assistance.

Speaking on the occasion, Marriyum said that the government was focusing on relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected people, but some political orphans wanted chaos in the country.

She said the government was fully committed to the rehabilitation of flood victims.

Regarding PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s demand for an early general election, she said the “polls cannot be held on the wishes of an individual and will be held according to schedule.”

PM SHEHBAZ ATTENDS KIG CHARLES RECEPTION: The prime minister, meanwhile, attended a reception hosted by King Charles III at the Buckingham Palace for dignitaries from around the world.

PM Shehbaz met King Charles. Extending condolences over the passing away of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, he observed that the late monarch was a source of inspiration and strength for generations of Commonwealth citizens. He recalled that the people of Pakistan had fond memories of Queen’s two visits to the country. The bond of affection between the royal family and the Pakistani nation had strengthened with time.

On behalf of the people and government of Pakistan, the prime minister conveyed best wishes to the king on his accession to the throne and expressed the hope that he would carry on the legacy of his mother in further strengthening friendship among Commonwealth nations. The people of Pakistan held the king in high esteem and looked forward to welcoming him in Pakistan at the earliest opportunity.

Shehbaz also thanked the British monarch for the royal family’s expression of sympathy and support in the wake of unprecedented floods. The appeal for help and the response from both the British government and public were deeply appreciated in Pakistan.

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