Shehbaz visits Chaudhrys to seek for support against PM


On Sunday, President PML-N Shehbaz Sharif visited the residence of the Chaudhrys of Gujrat after almost 14 years to seek their support against Imran Khan.

However, no major breakthrough was reported as Sharif approached the government’s ally in a bid to send the government packing.

PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat and provincial President Chaudhry Parvez Elahi were present to receive Sharif and his party members.

According to media reports, Shehbaz Sharif explained the nine-party opposition alliance and their “firm decision” to proceed with a no-trust motion against the government.

The Opposition leader said the political temperature was heating up in the country, and the government-allied parties had to lock a decision.

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The Chaudhrys of Gujrat agreed to hold party meetings to ponder the overall political situation in the country and said they’ll come up with a consensus plan to deal with the current political turmoil.

It is pertinent to state that this was the first political meeting between the two political entities after a gap of 14 years. 

Last time, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif paid a visit to the Gulberg residence of the PML-Q President to condole the death of the latter’s mother on Feb 20, 2009. 

During Sunday’s visit, the younger Sharif presented a bouquet to Chaudhry Shujaat on behalf of Nawaz Sharif and expressed good wishes for him. Shujaat thanked the Sharif brothers. 

Sources said the sitting continued for one-and-a-half hours, wherein the Chaudhrys laid down the conditions for their support in the no-confidence move. 

Sources said the Chaudhrys asked for a significant share in the pie in the following setup — demanding the chief ministership of Punjab from till 2028. Sources said both the parties also discussed different political scenarios in Punjab. 

The disappointed PML-N delegation left without interacting with the media. 

The PML-Q sources denied asking for the slot of Punjab CM-ship and making any other demands.

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