PML-N Nawaz Sharif blamed the former army chief and the ex-spymaster for the problems Pakistan as nation was facing, as he questioned who was responsible for the “two governments” in the country.
A cruel joke had been played on Pakistan for the sake of personal gains, said Nawaz who added, “In my Gujranwala rally, I stated who was responsible and everything was out in the open. It is my responsibility to tell the nation about the wrongs committed against the people, and it is my responsibility to make things right.”
“The reality is before everyone. Now no name or face is hidden. Pakistan was used for personal gain. It was a cruel joke played on the nation,” he told reporters.
Nawaz was responding to a question that whether Gen (r) Qamar Javed Bajwa and former spymaster Lt-Gen (r) Faiz Hamid were responsible for the state of the country in a media interaction after a party meeting in London with a delegation from Pakistan among the participants.
However, he expressed the confidence that Pakistan will come out of this difficult situation. “We all discussed the situation in Pakistan. Pakistan will come out of this difficult situation and we will be the ones to take the country out of it.”
The remarks came in the wake of a top-level meeting where Nawaz and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, met with party leaders to discuss strategy as the possibility of polls in two provinces grows amidst heightened political activity back home, with the dissolution of both the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies.
PML-N leaders Rana Sanaullah, Pervaiz Rashid and Javed Latif were also present at the meeting held at Stanhope House on Thursday, where along with the ongoing political situation, Maryam’s return to Pakistan and the party’s election campaign prospects were discussed in the four-hour huddle.
Meanwhile, a source rubbished rejected the impression that Rana Sana — who was charged with overseeing trust vote proceedings in the Punjab Assembly — had been summoned to London to explain the party’s defeat. The meeting was called to discuss the return of Maryam and her role as chief organiser, he added.
On the other hand, Rana Sana attributed the failure in Punjab to the doublespeak of Chief Minister Parvez Elahi. “We had the numbers and we will show we have the numbers. The coming elections will show PML-N strength and victory,” he told reporters outside the PML-N’s London headquarters.
He said Maryam would return next week but added about Nawaz that the party leader too would be back in Pakistan to lead the party’s election campaign as the legal formalities regarding his return were also discussed. “Mian Nawaz Sharif’s return is critical as he is the leader of the party, he has the vote and support of the people.” The interior minister also rubbished reports of rifts between former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the PML-N leadership. “There are no differences and Abbasi is committed to the par