Members of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentary group departed for London yesterday, party spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb confirmed, saying that the delegation is going to meet ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and to consult party president Shehbaz Sharif on important issues.
She said the delegation will seek the leadership’s guidance on parliamentary matters.
According to party sources, a meeting of the senior PML-N leadership, headed by Shehbaz, will take place today.
A spokesman for the PML-N’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa president Ameer Muqam said the leader left for London in the morning.
However, he added that Muqam had gone on his own, separate from the PML-N delegation.
Other PML-N workers confirmed that the parliamentary advisory group for the party was heading to London.
According to party members, Aurangzeb, members of the National Assembly (MNAs) Khawaja Asif, Rana Tanvir, and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, as wells as Senator Pervez Rashid, have already left for London while party’s secretary-general Ahsan Iqbal is expected to leave today.
The sources added that the group will discuss the law regarding an extension in the army chief’s tenure, the appointment of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members as well as politics in the country.
The final decision on the party’s stance regarding the law for extending the army chief’s tenure will be made by Nawaz Sharif, the sources said.
The opposition and government are facing a deadlock over the appointments of ECP members, as both sides have failed to reach a consensus on the matter.
Though both Shehbaz and Prime Minister Imran Khan have sent their recommendations for the post to the relevant parliamentary committee, an agreement has not been reached.
On Wednesday members of the opposition approached the Supreme Court, requesting that it to “pass an appropriate order” in the wake of an impasse in parliament on the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two ECP members from Sindh and Baluchistan.
On November 28, the apex court in its short order announced that General Qamar Javed Bajwa would remain the Chief of Army Staff for six months, during which the parliament will legislate on the extension/reappointment of an army chief.
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