Maryam says no representative of Nawaz Sharif met Army Chief

Sheikh Rashid insists two meeting held between General Bajwa, PML-N leaders

By: News Desk      Published: 03:31 PM, 23 Sep, 2020
Maryam says no representative of Nawaz Sharif met Army Chief

PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz has said that political issues should be discussed in Parliament and not at GHQ.

Talking to 24NewsHD TV channel in Islamabad on Wednesday, Maryam trashed reports that any representative of PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif had met Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Maryam said that political issues should be discussed in the parliament and political leadership should be allowed to resolve problems of political nature.

She further said that an elected prime minister was sacked on the plea of an absconder; however, tactics of oppression cannot last forever.

Earlier, Sheikh Rashid claimed that Nawaz Sharif’s representatives had met the Army Chief before the parliamentary leaders’ meeting with General Bajwa.

On the other hand, Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid has claimed that PML-N leadership met military leadership twice in the last two months. "In one meeting, Khawaja Asif and former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal held an hours-long meeting with military leadership while in the other meeting Shehbaz Sharif and I sat on the same table and ate dinner".

Sheikh Rashid further said that the meeting was called on Gilgit-Baltistan elections but all political issues were openly discussed.

Maryam Nawaz talking to 24NewsHD TV channel denied any such one-on-one meeting between the Nawaz Sharif’s representative with the Army Chief.

Maryam Nawaz clarified and refuted the claims made by Sheikh Rashid, who said there were actually two meetings held between General Qamar Javed Bajwa and PML-N leaders.

Talking to 24NewsHD TV, Sheikh Rashid said, “I am saying the PML-N leaders had met the army leadership twice.”

However, Sheikh Rasheed said, “I am not responsible for what others are saying. “I am saying two meetings took place.”

Responding to a question, Maryam Nawaz said, “Political decisions should be made in the parliament, and not at GHQ.”

The PML-N Vice-President remarked that the political leadership should not have gone for a meeting {with the Army Chief}.

Maryam said she had no knowledge about the dinner but yes there was a meeting on the Gilgit Baltistan. “Gilgit Baltistan is a political issue. It’s an issue for the political representatives. It should be discussed in parliament.”

On the other hand, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said, “I and Khawaja Asif did not have any one-on-one meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.”

To a question did Nawaz Sharif send a representative to meet the Army Chief? Ahsan Iqbal replied, “I have no knowledge of the meeting between the Army Chief and Nawaz Sharif's representative.”

When asked about possible arrests of PML-N activists, Maryam said "There will no going back now. Whatever the APC had decided it would be followed in letter and spirit. We are not afraid of arrests or any other tactics."