LAHORE, May 14: PML-N president Nawaz Sharif has said that he harbours no ill will against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and hopes to have a good relationship with him.
“We will have a good working relationship with Imran Khan and steer the country out of crisis,” Mr Sharif remarked while talking to newsmen after visiting the bed-ridden Khan at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital on Tuesday.
The two leaders had been trading venomous remarks throughout the election campaign and Mr Sharif had even lodged a complaint against Mr Khan with the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Mr Sharif said he had told Mr Khan that they should bury the hatchet and play a ‘friendly match’ as soon as the PTI chief recovered from his injuries.
“I offered friendly relations to Imran telling him that Muslims must not harbour anger against each other for more than three days,” he added.
Answering a question, Mr Sharif said: “Imran Khan congratulated me on PML-N’s victory in the elections and I felicitated him on PTI’s win in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”
“I value PTI’s mandate in KP and asked Imran to form his party’s government there. We must respect each other’s electoral mandate,” he added.
The PML-N chief said the country was in serious trouble and there was a dire need for all stakeholders to work together to take the country out of the crisis it was facing because Pakistanis wanted to live in a strong and prosperous country.
He said Mr Khan was receptive to his suggestions and he prayed that he would regain health and play an active role in national politics.
Mr Sharif said Imran Khan had been advised bed rest. He was making fast recovery.
Answering another question, the would-be prime minister said Pakistan would maintain good relations with the US and other countries and resolve issues through talks.