The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, has extended his stay in London by a day on the instructions of party leader Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. This is to allow for consultations on important political and national matters. Shehbaz had travelled to London last week for the Coronation of King Charles III and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. While in London, Shehbaz met with his older brother Nawaz and spoke about the upcoming elections in Pakistan, assuring that Parliament’s constitutional rights would be protected. Given Nawaz’s experience as a three-time prime minister and seasoned politician, observers suggest that Shehbaz may be seeking his brother’s advice on how to respond to the Supreme Court’s deadline to hold Punjab elections on May 14. The PML-N party has been seen as wanting to delay the elections until the economic situation under control and political capital can be regained. However, some members feel an election date should only be set when Nawaz’s return to Pakistan is certain, as his presence on the ground is seen as critical to battling the PTI narrative that has gained popularity in Punjab.
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