ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, after PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s allegations against the government, directed party members to keep soft.

The PM contacted his brother Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan in London to discussed matters.

Sources in the PML-N informed The Nation that immediately after the statements of Asif Ali Zardari, Premier Sharif directed his Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed to respond to the allegations softly, and further directed his cabinet members not to give any strong reaction leveled against the party.

The PM later had word with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan who were in London. Sources in the party informed that the Premier has directed party leaders not to give any provocative statement against the PPP leadership and avoid negative comments on arrests of PPP leaders on charges of corruption.

In a bid to mend fences with beleaguered PPP leadership, on the direction of Prime Minister, State Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar and Federal Minister for SAFRON Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch took back their statements against Dr Asim and other PPP leaders. Sources in the party confirmed that the Prime Minister could talk to Asif Ali Zardari on telephone in next couple of days to explain his party’s position in connection with the ongoing targeted operation by Rangers.

Earlier, on the direction of the PM, the Federal Minister for SAFRON Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch went to Karachi and held a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to clarify government’s position on the arrest of Dr Asim.

Sources in the government further informed that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already directed party members to establish contacts with PPP leadership to scrap all misconceptions.