Lahore, Sep. 2 (ANI): PML-N's inner circle has reportedly rejected party information secretary Ahsan Iqbal's 48-hour 'ultimatum' given to the PPP, saying that such moves would create a political deadlock in the country.
On Monday, Iqbal had issued a warning to the PPP asking it to halt the character assassination drive against the top PML-N leadership, which was being run through a 'cell' in the presidency, in association with the MQM.
"The evidence of PPP's involvement in the smear drive will be exposed at a proper time," a much toned down Ahsan Iqbl told the media after reportedly facing flak from senior party leaders on Tuesday.
The Dawn quoted sources as saying that some PML-N leaders, including former foreign minister Sartaj Aziz, disapproved the use of word 'ultimatum' by Iqbal, though they had no objection to the allegations levelled by him against the Presidency.
According to him, Iqbal's assertion had given the negative impression that the PML-N wanted to initiate the confrontational politics of the past.
Nawaz Sharif told the participants that they should "effectively expose financial irregularities of the government while tolerating its undemocratic attitude with patience."
Sharif reportedly admitted that the character assassination drive has the backing of the presidency and 'this has hurt him.'
The former prime minister said the party should not give hype to the matters to such an extent where it could benefit 'undemocratic forces'.
"We'll never become a part of any conspiracy to wrap up the system," the source quoted him, as saying.
He, however, warned that if the government did not take notice of the situation, it would lead to a situation the PML-N wanted to avert. (ANI)