PM Shehbaz extends his London visit: Marriyum Aurangzeb

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has extended his stay in London by one day.

PM Shehbaz Sharif was scheduled to leave for Pakistan on Friday night after a series of meetings with his older brother Nawaz Sharif during his visit to the UK.

The PM, however, appears to have changed his plans and decided to remain in London in a late-night development.

The PM held important conversations with his brother and party leader Maryam Nawaz, who is also now in London, according to local media reports.

According to these reports, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) long march against the government and the upcoming appointment of the next army chief, which is anticipated by the end of the month, was the main point of discussion.

The reports citing a source claimed that PM Sharif insisted the army chief’s appointment was a constitutional affair that would be handled legally and only based on merit.

Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that a new army chief would be announced before November 29.

In addition, Ahsan Iqbal stressed that the choice would be based solely on merit and without consideration of any gain for the government and he questioned what profit prior prime ministers had derived from selecting army chiefs.

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