Ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Struck Secret Deal In London, Won’t Return To Pakistan: Report

Nawaz Sharif struck secret deal in London, will not return to Pak: Report

No specific date was given regarding Nawaz Sharif’s return, Geo News reported. (File)

Islamabad:

Former Pakistani interior minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed claimed on Friday that former prime minister and Pakistani Muslim League-N supremo Nawaz Sharif will not return to the country as part of a secret deal struck in London, local media reported.

He made this statement after several PML-N leaders said Nawaz Sharif will arrive in the country “soon”, but none of them gave a specific date, Geo News reported citing The News.

Former interior minister said the closing of markets and shops at 7 p.m. would be an “economic death knell” for shopkeepers, for which the current “imported” government would be responsible.

Ahmed also pointed out that the Pakistani rupee had depreciated to 210 to a dollar while in Hawala it traded at 220 to a dollar. He warned that the Treasury Secretary was about to give “another shot” at a price hike for the nation, Geo News reported.

The former interior minister further said that in such a situation, former Prime Minister Imran Khan is the “sole popular leader” in the country, while the 12 political parties in the ruling coalition have fallen out of public favor.

“Only Imran Khan has touched the hearts and minds of the people,” he said.

“The current imported government is another name for vested interests. This is a conglomerate of thieves,” Ahmed added.

Earlier, the Pakistani government has ordered markets across Sindh province to be closed by 9 p.m. (local time) to conserve electricity amid constant power outages in the country.

Due to frequent load shedding across the country, people are dealing with blistering high temperatures. The Shehbaz Sharif government has blamed its predecessor Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for the energy shortage.

The measures are imposed to reduce the gap between supply and demand of electricity. The government notification states that the morning hours should be used for business activities.

Earlier this week, several Pakistani federal ministers urged traders to take austerity measures to reduce fuel and electricity wastage.

This government order report comes amid growing Pakistani concerns about the growing energy crisis.

Pakistan’s inability to make payments to China’s power supply has left the country in the abyss of power cuts disrupting life and business amid this excruciating heat wave.

They have closed several factories because the Pakistani government has not paid a dues of 300 billion rupees (USD 1.5 billion).

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.)

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