According to local media, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will reveal the future plan – developed in London during a meeting with PML-N supremo Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif – of the government tomorrow (Tuesday). The plan aims to steer the country out of the economic crisis it is currently embroiled in.
To clarify, On Wednesday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif departed for London to meet his elder brother and the “de-facto” leader of the incumbent ruling party of Pakistan. The Prime Minister was also accompanied by several ministers, including Saad Rafique, Marriyum Aurangzeb, and Ahsan Iqbal.
According to sources privy to the matter, Nawaz was consulted by the party leadership over some important issues, especially economy. The party meetings were concluded in a very medieval fashion where every party member swore allegiance to the party’s supremo.
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After holding the meeting with Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Shehbaz decided to call a meeting of coalition parties in the federal government to take them into confidence.
Prime Minister Sharif returned to the federal capital at 9:30 pm on Sunday after his visit to the United Kingdom.
Earlier today, the PM held a consultative session with senior MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and is likely to meet JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman at 4:30 pm and at 6:15 pm, PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.
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The aim of the discussions is to take the coalition parties into confidence before making any key decision. PM Shehbaz will also present possible solutions and take the opinion of the coalition party leaders on different policy options to reach a unanimous decision.
According to a source requesting not to be named, the PM will tell the government allies that “subsidy cannot be given due to the IMF conditions,” and as soon as the agreement is reached with the IMF, “friendly countries will openly help us.”
The government is also expected to engage Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to name an opposition leader. The source further added that Shehbaz would tell the coalition parties that “If the assemblies break up, the caretaker government will be faced with a challenge of the worst economy.”