PML-N decides to keep stay on Fata bill

LAHORE – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the former PM Nawaz Sharif yesterday agreed to address the reservations of JUI-F and other members in the parliament on the Fata reform bill, which is yet to be presented to the parliament for approval.

Abbasi specially reached Jattiumra to meet PML-N president and also exchanged views on the current political situation, next elections, NAB cases, and party matters. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and some other senior party members were also present.

According to sources, Abbasi and Nawaz expressed one mind on reaching out to the JUI-F and other members and parties in the House which harboured reservations on the Fata reforms – which involve merger of the tribal areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, giving the people right to vote, scrapping the Frontier Crimes Regulation and extension of superior court’s jurisdiction to these areas.

Both the PML-N top functionaries also agreed to step up contacts with the parliamentary parties to develop consensus on the Fata bill for which senior parliamentarians of the party were also named.

The meeting also discussed the matters of next elections and their timely conduct after the Electoral Reforms Bill has been passed by the Senate.

According to media reports the prime minister told the meeting that elections will be held on time next time. He dispelled impressions of rifts in the PML-N and said the entire party was intact and united under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. He said the party will contest the next election under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the occasion criticised the accountability process and said that a fair and impartial accountability was not there. With reference to the NAB cases against him, he said, no one is ready to accept the way accountability has been initiated against them.

Nawaz Sharif highlighted significance of a strong parliament and said that a parliamentary strength was in fact strength of all other institutions. He vowed to do everything for strengthening democracy. Terming the next year election year, he called upon the party parliamentarians and office bearers to develop close liaison with the public as a matter of election preparations.

Earlier on arrival, Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif received PM Abbasi at the airport. Chief Secretary, IG Police, Lahore CCPO and commissioner were also present on this occasion. The PM was flown to Jattiumra through helicopter.

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