LAHORE -  Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and his elder brother and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif met at Jati Umra yesterday and shared views on political situation, party matters and the legal cases confronting the Sharifs at the moment.

Rejecting the PTI demand for early polls, both the major functionaries of the ruling PML-N agreed to ensure on time general elections in the country.

According to the party sources and the media reports, both had the same mind on reaching out to all parties in the parliament for making them agree on the constitutional amendment bill that would enable the Election Commission of Pakistan to embark on the process of the new delimitation of the constituencies according to provisional results of the 2017 census.

Passage of the bill within next couple of days is being deemed necessary for timely polls in August in light of the new delimitations.

Sources say both leaders also agreed to mobilise different wings of the party for projecting the PML-N performance through conventions and public meetings.

Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal, Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq and Senator Pervez Rashid offered juma prayers with Nawaz at Raiwind and met him later on. None of them formally talked to the media.

Prior to meeting with Nawaz Sharif, Punjab chief minister also had a parley with Fazlur Rehman – the chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam. Besides deliberating on different matters of mutual interest and political situation, both the leaders termed the demand for early elections groundless and agreed to continue playing their positive role for strengthening the democracy.

Shehbaz wanted every political party and politician to play role for the sake of national development and stressed the need for dealing with the national issues with tolerance, unity and cohesion. “Everybody should jointly work for the sake of the country”, he remarked.

Criticising PTI’s demand for early polls, he said it was from the elements that failed to perform in their own province – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said how much the PTI has served, was now fully exposed to the people.

On the legal plain, Nawaz Sharif and his children are facing corruption cases. They have serious reservations about the content and manner of NAB references filed against them, and the procedure adopted for their accountability.

The accountability court however is going ahead with the references, dismissing objections from the Sharifs – whose chagrin has now been exacerbated following release of the detailed judgment by the Supreme Court on review petitions on the Panama decision.

After re-indictment of Nawaz Sharif in three references, the accountability court is due to formally proceed with them from November 15.

The apex court is also going to hear the NAB appeal against the LHC decision on Hudaibiya Paper Mills on Monday. The case, shelved by the High Court in 2012, involves 11 members of the Sharif family.

Sources say the matters relating to the legal cases also came under discussion during meeting between the two Sharifs and they pondered over the line of action to be taken in defence.