PTI’s disgruntled leader Jahangir Tareen and PML-N’s Ishaq Dar meet in London

Former finance minister Ishaq Dar and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insafs former secretary-general Jahangir Khan Tareen. — Twitter
Former finance minister Ishaq Dar and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s former secretary-general Jahangir Khan Tareen. — Twitter

LONDON: PTI’s disgruntled leader Jahangir Tareen and PML-N leader Ishaq Dar met on Friday evening sources told Geo News.

Former finance minister Ishaq Dar and PTI’s ex-secretary general Jahangir Tareen met at a Park Lane Hotel, accompanied by two others who were not identified.

Geo News learnt about the meeting from two credible sources who were present at the hotel when Tareen arrived with two other people, followed by Ishaq Dar and another person after about 25 minutes.

The PTI’s leaders son, Ali Tareen, was also seen in the same hotel around the time of the meeting. The credible sources shared that Tareen, Dar, and others held talks for about two hours, had snacks, and then left.

Dar was seen walking towards his car at the end of the meeting while Tareen stayed at the seven-star hotel. Tareen lives two hours out of London at his Newbury countryside home but stays at the luxury hotel when in London for treatment or business meetings.

Sources said that the two sides discussed the upcoming no confidence vote on Sunday and the election of the chief minister of Punjab. 

The meeting comes two days after it was reported that Dar and Tareen spoke over the phone.

The telephone conversation was confirmed by sources close to Dar and Tareen. People, with knowledge of the meeting, said that the two leaders discussed possible ways of cooperation in Punjab and the centre.

Jahangir Tareen’s group has played an important role in the politics of the centre and Punjab in recent months. 

When the Opposition was suppressed and there was not much public agitation, Tareen’s loyalists at the centre and Punjab came to his defence against the actions taken by former PM’s advisor Shehzad Akbar. 

Three weeks ago, Shahbaz Sharif sent a bouquet to Tareen’s residence in Newbury as well.

Jahangir has not yet met Nawaz Sharif but sources say that the developments have the approval of the PML-N supremo.

Prior to Tareen’s arrival in the UK around six weeks ago, Shahbaz and Jahangir had met in Lahore at a house in Model Town.

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