Write a letter to UK for Nawaz return, PM tells Shahzad Akbar

Imran Khan reiterates ‘no-to-NRO’ resolve saying such offers repugnant to PTI political philosophy

By: News Desk      Published: 11:59 PM, 21 Aug, 2020
Write a letter to UK for Nawaz return, PM tells Shahzad Akbar
PTI bigwigs at a meeting with PM Imran Khan in the chair on Friday took stock of ongoing political situation and opposition’s bids to bar it from delivering.–File photo

Prime Minister Imran Khan has geared up a campaign to get ex-PM Nawaz Sharif back, ordering Adviser on Accountability and Interior Shahzad Akbar to write a letter to the UK authorities for Nawaz’s return, 24NewsHD reported on Friday.

Sources said the premier, while presiding over a meeting of ruling PTI bigwigs, assigned the Punjab government the task to collect all medical reports of Nawaz Sharif.

Imran Khan reiterated his ‘no-to-NRO’ resolve, saying the National Reconciliation Ordinance-like deal with the opposition is repugnant to the PTI's political philosophy. 

“We have no right to govern if we enter into an NRO,” he said, adding the opposition will keep quiet for three years if the government offers them an NRO. 

He added: “We must step down and say goodbye to politics if we do so. Such a dialogue with the opposition is out of question. How can we let looters of national exchequer walk free?”

Federal ministers Fawad Chaudhry, Shibli Faraz and Murad Saeed; premier’s aides Zulfi Bokhari and Asim Saleem Bajwa and core committee members Dr Babar Awan, Farrukh Habib, Anwarul Haq and Kanwal were among the participants. They showed satisfaction at the revival of business activities after the Covid-19 lockdown.

The meeting took stock of the political scenario with special reference to ex-PM Nawaz’s manoeuvring from London, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Fazlur Rehman’s anti-government movement, ongoing accountability and mounting pressure on the government. 

The participants pondered over the opposition’s demand for amending the accountability laws in return for support to the government on FATF-related legislation, insiders said. 

The meeting was briefed about possible Nawaz medical manoeuvring. Zulfi Bokhari shared steps taken to get Nawaz back from abroad. The ex-PM went to London for medical treatment but he geared up political manoeuvring there, Zulfi said. 

Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry shed light on the ongoing accountability cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari, former premier Nawaz Sharif and Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif. He told the participants that Shehbaz was facing 41-volume probe proceedings while Zardari was undergoing 61-volume probe. However, the ruling party members renewed the pledge to continue with reforms for public welfare.