Sharif to campaign in Sindh despite Murree declaration

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Karachi, Jan 21 (ANI): PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has decided to tour the PPP's strongholds in Sindh in February, setting aside an understanding reached under the Murree Declaration that the later would not interfere in the political matters of Punjab, while the former would keep itself away from the political matters of Sindh.

Sharif has decided to tour Sindh in the first week of February in connection with the party's political campaign, sources said.

They said the PML-N developed grievances over the judges' issue and the PPP's style of politics in Punjab, and believe that the PPP is directly interfering in political matters of the state.

Earlier, Sharif had delivered a telephonic address at a huge rally in Rahuka in Badin district of Sindh, The News reported.

Political advisers have told Sharif that the reunification of different factions of Muslim League was not possible till he toured Sindh.

Sources said there were bright chances that Sharif would also meet political leaders in Sindh, including Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagaro.

It may be noted that the PML-N has also presented a bill to repeal the 17th Amendment in National Assembly, besides pressing their demand for an independent judiciary and the reinstatement of judges, including deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry.

Sharif has already announced that he would attend the lawyers' long march on March 9, while Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik has requested him to reconsider the decision.

PML-N sources said that elaborate arrangements would be made to accord a rousing welcome to Sharif in Sindh. It may be noted that there is a rift within the ranks of PML-N Sindh because of which none of the party's central leaders have visited Sindh, including Karachi. (ANI)

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