Con­sult party be­fore go­ing pub­lic on key is­sues: Shah­baz

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Pak­istan’s ousted prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, fac­ing the heat af­ter his con­tro­ver­sial re­marks on the Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack, will be asked to con­sult the party lead­er­ship be­fore talk­ing on sen­si­tive is­sues, PML-N chief Shah­baz Sharif on Thurs­day as­sured con­erned party law­mak­ers.

In an ex­plo­sive in­ter­view last week, the three-time prime min­is­ter had ques­tioned Pak­istan’s pol­icy to al­low the “non-state ac­tors” to cross the bor­der and “kill” peo­ple in Mum­bai as he pub­licly ac­knowl­edged that mil­i­tant groups are ac­tive in the coun­try.

His re­marks trig­gered a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal con­tro­versy, ahead of gen­eral elec­tion in Pak­istan. Fear­ing that Sharif ’s rea­marks could dam­age the party and marr their elec­toral for­tunes, many law­mak­ers of the rul­ing Pak­istan Mus­lim League (Nawaz) dur­ing a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee meet­ing, com­plained to Nawaz Sharif ’s younger brother and party chief Shah­baz, also the Chief Min­is­ter of Pak­istan’s Pun­jab prov­ince.

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