Maryam Nawaz Sharif says Army chief, ISI head should not have met Pakistan PM Imran after PTI's Senate result
Islamabad: Pakistan key opposition leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif has targeted Imran Khan and said the military leadership "should not have been seen" with the Prime Minister a day after the ruling PTI suffered what she called a "battering" in the recent Senate elections.
Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, she accused the premier of dragging the institutions into politics despite the military repeatedly asking politicians not to do so, reports Dawn News.
A day after the crucial Senate polls took place, Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had met Imran at Prime Minister House on Thursday.
Director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed also attended the meeting.
No statement on the meeting was issued by the Prime Minister's Office, which normally gives out press releases on such interactions. However, people were quick to link the meeting to the latest political developments in the country following the Senate elections in which the ruling coalition suffered an upset on the seat for the federal capital where Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh lost to the joint opposition candidate Yousuf Raza Gilani, reports Dawn News.
Maryam told Dawn News Prime Minister Imran had called and met the heads of institutions in the lawns of PM House "on the day he suffered a humiliating defeat [and] his members expressed a lack of confidence in him and voted against him".
"Is he not dragging the institutions into politics?" she said of the premier.