When Imran Khan and Dr. Tahir ul Qadri along with other leaders and important personalities met in London in 2014 before the famous long march and sit- in in Islamabad by PTI and PAT, to devise a plan to oust then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, it was called London Plan by media and some politicians. First both Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri denied any meeting in London but later both admit meeting in London.
Once again the news reports of another London Plan have started to come up. This time three Chaudhris and one Makhdoom have surfaced in the new plan. Even though, two main leaders have denied meeting in London but speculation have failed to stop. Ch Shujaat, Shahbaz Sharif and Ch Nisar are considered the key players of this new plan to bring political change in the country. It is not clear yet that London plan actually exist or it based on mere speculation from media.
Since the reshuffle in the federal cabinet on last Thursday, the rumours and news stories about a possible change in Punjab is at rife. There are lot of speculation about the possible replacement of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and his cabinet members for not showing solid performance so far. Two rumours are circling around in the journalist and political circles at the moment. One is regarding the alleged meeting between PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif and PML-Q leader Ch Shujaat Hussain in London and other is about the hectic activities of former senior PML-N leader and veteran politician Ch Nisar.
Many analysts and well informed journalists are claiming about a clandestine London Plan cooking up between Shahbaz Sharif, Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmood of PPP, Ch Shujaat and Ch Nisar Ali Khan. They were reportedly seen in London at a same time which gives boost to the speculation that a new London Plan is in the making. But both Ch Shujaat and Shahbaz Sharif have denied having a meeting between them. Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood usually spends lot of time in London during the summer months every year.
The only news report that has not been denied is the meeting between Ch Nisar and Shahbaz Sharif. It has been reported in the some section of the media that Ch Nisar is seeking the support of PML-N in the Punjab assembly for his bid to become chief minister of Punjab in place of Usman Buzdar. Even though, Ch Nisar win the provincial assembly seat in July 2018 elections but he did not take oath as MPA. Now he hinted for the very first time to take oath as a member of Punjab assembly. He lost his home national assembly constituency for the first time since 1985.
The newly-appointed advisor to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan dismissed the news of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan being a likely replacement of Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar in future.
While speaking on Geo News show ‘Naya Pakistan’, the minister denied the possibility of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s former stalwart’s return into formal politics, casting doubt about support of Nisar from any sphere. Some analysts consider him as a strong contender for the post of Punjab chief minister if Usman Buzdar is removed from office.
A spokesman for PML-Q said that Chaudhry Shujaat has not been contacted by anyone for a meeting and he has no intention to do any politics while in London. Shujaat himself told the News London that he had no plan of meeting anyone in London as “all action is taking place in Pakistan”. Ch Shujaat is in London for his medical treatment.
Shahbaz Sharif is in London for medical treatment as his name was removed ECL to allow him to travel abroad by Supreme Court. He was diagnosed with a rare adenocarcionoid cancer in the appendix during his exile when Pervez Musharraf was in power. He had received treatment in America and London. Shahbaz Sharif visits London twice a year for medical check-up and his treatment.
Shahbaz Sharif is getting medical treatment from doctors of Royal Free Hospital in London. He will go for further medical tests and CT scan to determine his illness.
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14 September, 2019