Little breakthrough as Nawaz, Nisar hold ‘peace negotiations’

* PM assures interior minister his grievances will be removed g Says party matters should be resolved within the party

LAHORE: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind to discuss Nisar’s grievances with the party and other issues on Saturday, media reports said.
In the meeting, which lasted four hours, Nawaz assured Nisar that all his grievances and issues will be resolved. The interior minister told Nawaz that he has no personal grievances with him and that under all circumstances they should work for the government and party interest. “Party matters should be resolved within the party,” the premier said. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was also present during the meeting. He has been tasked by Nawaz to meet with all ministers who have any grievances to resolve them.
The next meeting for this purpose will take place at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad. Earlier on Saturday, Nisar and Shahbaz reached Raiwind via helicopter to meet the premier. Shahbaz had brought Nisar to Lahore on July 4. The move had come after a meeting of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders over Nisar’s growing sense of estrangement. The PML-N leaders had met under the chairmanship of Nawaz in Islamabad on Friday and were briefed by Shahbaz about the interior minister’s grievances with the party and other issues, particularly the case of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
Party sources had earlier said that Nisar will ask the prime minister for a solution to tackle the August 14 long march announced by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Tahirul Qadri’s planned “revolution”. Sources had said the interior minister will also advise Nawaz to review the party’s policy on Musharraf during today’s meeting. According to sources, Nisar was annoyed with certain cliques within the party and the premier’s decision to give Defence and Energy Minister Khawaja Asif’s opinion on the Musharraf issue precedence over his suggestion.
According to reports, three informal powerhouses have emerged within the PML-N and the stalwarts leading these groups have started lobbying within the party to remove each other from important portfolios or lessen their influence.

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