ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif chaired an informal consultative meeting of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders on Tuesday where he discussed, among other matters, the government’s handling of the Faizabad sit-in.
In the meeting held at Punjab House, the ousted prime minister expressed displeasure at the government’s ‘failure’ in handling the weeks-long Faizabad sit-in and the ensuing operation, which resulted in 200 injuries in Islamabad and prompted countrywide protests.
According to sources, Nawaz also separately met with Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and State Minister for Interior Talal Chaudhry.
Pakhutnkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai also met Nawaz today.
The participants of the meeting also discussed the situation arising following the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid and deliberated over the measures to be taken next.
'Prime ministers not treated well in this country'
During a talk with party workers, Nawaz said that in Pakistan, the elected prime ministers are removed, hanged, arrested or exiled.
"Nowhere else does this happen," he told party supporters, according to sources.
The former premier said countries prosper through democracy, adding that none have progressed while being led by dictators.
Moreover, the PML-N president vowed to work with other political parties and workers to safeguard democracy.
The corruption references against the former premier and his family were also discussed in the meeting.
Earlier today, the accountability court hearing the corruption references against Nawaz and his family did not conduct any proceedings due to the absence of the defence counsel.
The defence then requested the court to adjourn the hearing on grounds that the Islamabad High Court is expected to rule this week on Nawaz's request to club the three references against him into one. The hearing was adjourned until December 4.
On Monday, the weeks-long protest at Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad was called off following the voluntary resignation of the law minister and an agreement signed between the government and protesters.