Shehbaz Sharif, the PML-N president, has asked PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari not to target former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the same way that he (Zardari) did during his term in Lahore.
According to one of its leaders, the Pakistan Peoples Party has stated that it will no longer be friendly with the PML-N, but that it will continue to cooperate with it as an opposition party in parliament.
“Zardari Sahib’s remarks regarding Mian Nawaz Sharif are regrettable. Zardari sb is aware of the circumstances under which MNS was forced to travel overseas. In a tweet on Thursday, the opposition leader in the National Assembly stated, “We should avoid from such sentiments and strive for the greater welfare of the country.”
Mr Shehbaz’s statement came three days after Mr Zardari publicly chastised Nawaz Sharif for allegedly fleeing the country.
“He (Nawaz) who does not want to die on his country’s soil can do nothing for it.” Mr Zardari made the remarks while addressing at Bilawal House in Bahria Town on Monday to commemorate the PML-N’s’rebirth’ in the Punjab capital.
He further said that after the 1977 elections, Nawaz Sharif obtained the demarcation of constituencies based on biradaris (castes) and promised to reconfigure these constituencies according to the original pattern if he won the next elections.
Mr. Zardari was reminded of Nawaz Sharif’s everlasting commitment to the country by Shehbaz Sharif. He stated, “Mian Sahib’s unshakeable loyalty to Pakistan has always been undeniable.”
Nawaz Sharif has been in London for’medical treatment’ since November 2019.
Mr Zardari was not expected to be as tough on Mr Nawaz as a PML-N leader informed Dawn. “After a few days of debate, the party leadership has now decided to respond to Mr Zardari,” he stated.
Maryam Nawaz and other of her supporters had previously made scathing statements against the PPP leadership’s refusal to resign from assemblies.
After observing the PPP’s comeback performance in the NA-133 by-poll, the PPP believes the PML-N leadership has become panicked. Chaudhry Aslam Gill of the PPP received over 32,000 votes, while Shaista Pervaiz of the PML-N received 46,000.
“The PML-unease N’s following the PPP’s resurgence in Lahore is palpable. After the result (in NA-133) showed that it (PML-N) is experiencing the pain of its comeback, several of its leaders began using harsh rhetoric and levelling unfounded claims against the PPP. Punjab remained the bastion of the PPP, which was founded in Lahore. PPP senior leader Chaudhry Manzoor told Dawn, “It was our approach that achieved a good result and spooked the PML-N.”
Mr Manzoor stated that the PPP was conducting its own politics, but that it will take on the PML-N in Punjab. “We will no longer be friends with the PML-N, but our cooperation as an opposition party in the legislature will continue,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Hamza Shehbaz, the opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly, chastised Prime Minister Imran Khan for making a “irresponsible” comment in which he claimed that Pakistan’s inflation rate was considerably lower than the rest of the globe. “The time has arrived to employ all possible means to get rid of Imran Khan,” he told reporters here on Thursday.