ISLAMABAD: As many as 15 Punjab Assembly lawmakers from the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has met with Prime Minister Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence, sources said on Saturday.
The PML-N MPAs discussed political matters with the premier. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was also in attendance during the meeting.
The PML-N lawmakers expressed their confidence in the policies of PM Khan and CM Buzdar during the meeting, said the sources present at the meeting.
PML-N senior leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in reaction to the news, said that such people will eventually face repercussions for such decisions.
While PML-N rejects the news of the meeting, PM’s special assistant Naeem-ul-Haque confirmed the development in a late-evening Twitter posting, saying: “The hopes of PMLN MPAs from Punjab continue to get shattered with their party as was obvious in their today’s meeting with the PM.”
He confirmed that “CM Punjab had brought [15 MPAs] over. They expressed full confidence in PM and the CM.”
However, Haq did not disclose names of the any of the 15 MPAs.
PML-N’s information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb rejected reports of the meeting, claiming that it was a “stunt that had been pulled by the PTI to divert people’s attention away from the budget, which had been prepared by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)”.
She asserted, “not a single MPA belonging to the PML-N is included in the names reported by the media. We have been waiting for the names of the PML-N MPAs so that we may offer comments on the matter.”