Ahsan Iqbal terms PA dissolution PTI's 'blunder'.

London -- As the PML-N recovers from the shock of the Punjab Assembly debacle, Federal MinisAter Ahsan Iqbal during a visit to London this week termed the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly a 'blunder' by the PTI, saying that it is akin to the party shooting itself in the foot.

'The mandate of Pakistan's biggest province was stolen from the PML-N in the 2018 election. If the provincial government that was looting the province's resources has now gone, how is this PML-N's failure,' he said in response to a question about the huge setback to the party after Chief Minister Parvez Elahi called for the dissolution of the assembly.

The remarks were made during a media interaction held at the Pakistan High Commission on Friday, where the minister for Planning, Development and SpecAial Initiatives was bombarded with questions pressing him for the party's reaction to the upset in Punjab.

In the wake of silence from the senior leadership in London after the political upset, Mr Iqbal fielded questions from the reporters on the failure of the party leadership to engage provincial lawmakers.

Says Maryam Nawaz to return next week

They come amid reports that PML-N supreAAmo Nawaz Sharif 'lambasted' federal minister Rana Sanaullah over Parvez Elahi's victory in the vote of confidence and his reported failure to deliver a positive result for the party. No statement thus far has been issued by Maryam Nawaz or Mr Sharif, but sources close to the party said the assembly dissolution was seen as a major blow by the senior Sharif.

'Was it in PTI's best interest to stay in Punjab or then be replaced by a caretaker government?' Mr Iqbal said at the...

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