In a parliamentary committee meeting chaired by incumbent PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif today, several party members - reportedly including Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Abdul Rahman Kanju and Shafqat Baloch - expressed concerns regarding the interview, noting that Nawaz's remarks were played up by the Indian media and that chants of Modi ka jo yar hai, ghaddar hai ghaddar hai (Whoever is Modi's friend is a traitor) had subsequently done the rounds.
The petition had been filed by Pakistan Zindabad Party chief Advocate Aftab Virk, who, sought registration of the case under Article 6 of the Constitution which states, "Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or hold in abeyance, the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason". Current Prime Minister - Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's- comments that the upcoming general elections will be conducted by the aliens confirms the doubts about the establishment's role in the elections.
The meeting was convened to deliberate selection of party candidates in Punjab for the upcoming general elections.
The lawmakers also said the statement has intensified the clash between the state institutions.
The PML-N president promised to take their grievances to party supremo Nawaz Sharif, the report said. However, he also added that he will try and convince the PML-N "supreme leader" to consult his party before talking on sensitive matters.
"We accepted these turncoats into our party as we felt that they will change in our company but to no avail", lamented Sanaullah before someone asks as to why PML-N accepted them in the first place. At this, Shehbaz reassured them that the interview was taken out of context.
Addressing the lawmakers, Shehbaz Sharif said the PML-N completed all promises and ushered an era of development during its tenure. He assured that narrative by Nawaz Sharif will soften over the time.
Lawmakers said that these recent statements will create problems for the party during the elections.
The meeting's agendas are said to be discussion on the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).