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Sharif to be asked to consult party before going public on sensitive issues: Shahbaz

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's ousted Nawaz Sharif, facing the heat after his controversial remarks on the terror attack, will be asked to consult the party leadership before talking on sensitive issues, PML-N chief today assured conerned party lawmakers.

In an explosive interview last week, the three-time had questioned Pakistan's policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in as he publicly acknowledged that militant groups are active in the country.

His remarks triggered a major political controversy, ahead of in

Fearing that Sharif's reamarks could damage the party and marr their electoral fortunes, many lawmakers of the ruling Muslim League (Nawaz) during a parliamentary committee meeting, complained to Nawaz Sharif's younger Shahbaz, also the of Pakistan's province.

Shahbaz while defending his sibling, said: "No one is more patriotic than Nawaz Sharif". However, he also added that he will try and convince the PML-N 'supreme leader' to consult the party before talking on sensitive matters, Dawn newspaper reported.

The National Security Committee, Pakistan's top civil-military body, held a special meeting on Monday and came out with a statement, condemning the "fallacious" statement by Sharif about the terror attack and termed it as "incorrect and misleading".

Shahbaz, according to DawnNews TV's sources, said no one should say things which could hurt the country, and assured his party that there will soon be a softness in Sharif's rhetoric on contentious issues.

Several PML-N party members reportedly including Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, and expressed concern over Sharif's remarks.

Lawmakers apprised Shehbaz of the issues faced by them and the negative atmosphere following Nawaz Sharif's controversial statement on the Mumbai attacks, Geo TV reported, quoting sources as saying.

The lawmakers said that they will face problems when they approach voters during election time.

The PML-N promised to take their grievances to party supremo Nawaz Sharif, the report said.

Shahbaz, 66, who has taken over from 68-year-old as the PML-N following the latter's disqualification, said that "whoever arranged that interview is the biggest enemy of Nawaz".

Shehbaz also claimed that Nawaz Sharif's remarks were taken out of context.

In an attempt to do damage control, also intervened and said that misquoted the former prime minister.

Around 120 lawmakers of the party attended the meeting.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 19:06 IST