Abbasi, Nawaz agree to address Fazl’s reservations on Fata bill

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and agreed to address the reservations of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman over the Fata Reforms Bill.

During the meeting held at Nawaz’s Jati Umra residence, the political situation of the country was also discussed along with preparations for the upcoming general elections in 2018.

It was also decided to increase the interaction with the public and party workers before the elections.

The former prime minister also said that his party — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) — was willing to make sacrifices for the cause of democracy.

“[We] are ready to make any sacrifice for democracy,” the PML-N president said.

Nawaz further said that accountability in the present situation seemed to be unlikely and a strong parliament will lead to strong institutions.

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and other senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were also present in the meeting.

The issue of FATA’s merger with KP remains one of the pending matters for the incumbent government and has dominated the political discourse of the country in recent weeks.

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