LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has refused to see the Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria despite a written request by him.

According to a private TV channel, the Indian high commissioner had requested the chief minister for a meeting in Lahore on Saturday however the chief minister did not meet him.

According to the report, the Indian high commissioner was due to come to Lahore on three-day visit during which he also wanted to meet the Punjab chief minister, but the latter declined to see him.

It may be mentioned that yesterday the chief minister was in Karachi on one-day visit that was prescheduled.

Nawaz’s aunt passes away

The paternal aunt (Taee) of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif passed away here yesterday.

Nawaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz Sharif, Salman Sharif, Sohail Zia Butt, Umer Suhail Butt, Mian Farooq, Mian Javed Shafi, Mujahid Butt, Mian Waqas, Ishtiaq Lone among a number of other relations attended nimaz-e-janaza of the deceased at Model Town. Later she was buried at Model Town graveyard. Very tight security arrangements were made on the occasion.

Shehbaz holds meetings

Shehbaz Sharif separately held meeting with Nawaz Sharif and party senior leader Ch Nisar Ali Khan.

According to media reports, Shehbaz Sharif during meeting with Nawaz Sharif shared views on political situation, next elections and the party organisational matters.

In about two-hour long meeting with Ch Nisar Ali Khan, the chief minister among other subjects of mutual interest also discussed the recent Supreme Court decision on lifetime disqualification of Nawaz Sharif for taking part in the parliamentary politics and CM’s visit to Karachi which he undertook the same day.

PROTEST AGAINST VERDICT

The PML-N has decided to protest the Supreme Court decision against the lifetime restriction on Nawaz Sharif’s taking part in the parliamentary politics.

Party sources say party activists will mount peaceful protest. They say Nawaz Sharif is also due to meet the party legislators and the chairmen union councils in phases to take them into confidence about the reservations over the verdict. Sources say the protest will start from Multan and Gujranwala for which programme will be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, PML-N workers in NA-120 Lahore took out a rally under the leadership of MPA Majid Zahoor to resent the disqualification decision and express solidarity with Nawaz Sharif. The rally started from the main office of constituency took round of various parts.

The party workers in the rally chanted slogans in favour of Nawaz Sharif and said the former prime minister lived in the hearts of people who are ready to give every sacrifice for his sake.