Once Imran recovers, we will play a 'friendly match': Nawaz

Published: May 14, 2013
Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: FILE

Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif, upon visiting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan at the hospital, stated that once Imran recovers, the two will play a “friendly match,” Express News reported on Tuesday.

Nawaz, while addressing reporters outside Shaukat Khanum hospital, further stated that the two party leaders have reconciled their differences and intend to work together to rid Pakistan of its problems.

The PML-N chief also expressed that he was glad Imran was making a speedy recovery.

When asked about his plans for governing Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Nawaz stated that he intends to respect the PTI mandate. “We must learn to respect the mandate of others.”

Asked whether the PTI chief had congratulated Nawaz on his emphatic election victory, the PML-N chief responded in the affirmative.

“He [Imran] did congratulate me [on winning elections].  I also congratulated him [Imran] on winning in K-P”.

The PML-N leader also reiterated his objective to maintain cordial relations with the United States, along with many other countries.

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  • Breaking Bad
    May 14, 2013 - 9:07PM

    look who is talking. winning does make a difference.


  • Rahim
    May 14, 2013 - 9:09PM

    A very good gesture from Nawaz Sharif. Hope all goes well.


  • Baba Ganoush
    May 14, 2013 - 9:09PM

    Finally something good and positive to hear. I wish them both good luck in their efforts and respect them for their goodwill stance. Welcome to Naya and Roshan Pakistan.


  • SH
    May 14, 2013 - 9:09PM

    Good job NS! It seems you’ve matured as a politician/stateman. IK, you inspire us.


  • Umar
    May 14, 2013 - 9:10PM

    Wonderful gesture by Nawaz Sharif:) Imran khan be pragmatic and make this national leader your politicial friend n prove practically your election agenda. Salute to Nawaz Sharif:(. I wish you both best of luck and my prayers:).


  • asim
    May 14, 2013 - 9:12PM

    Both of you are unfit for political positions (ECP laws…if applied) however you may play cricket in JIMKAHANA club.


  • zafar
    May 14, 2013 - 9:14PM

    Nawaz Shairif has grown, taking mature steps


  • Ali Tipu
    May 14, 2013 - 9:20PM

    hahaha. Mian sb. this political gimmick will not work now. Imran doesn’t fix or play friendly matches like you and Zardari do. He also went to offers prayers on the sad demise of your brother Abbas Sharif but he didn’t play with the situation and emotions by taking media and holding press conference there.


  • Jawad
    May 14, 2013 - 9:23PM

    excellent, instead of being at each other’s throats they should work together as public servants so that pakistan can once again move towards prosperity.


  • anonymous
    May 14, 2013 - 9:29PM

    a very mature step by Nawaz sharif. kudos.


  • Asad
    May 14, 2013 - 9:30PM

    Good gesture from NS, IK should respond positively.h


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 14, 2013 - 9:35PM

    There seems some thaw in NS’s obstinacy.Though it is a good sign,but should remain constant for the betterment of our country!!


  • Usman
    May 14, 2013 - 9:44PM

    Mian Sahib, lets play friendly debate contest first


  • sensible
    May 14, 2013 - 9:47PM

    great gesture by nawaz, both parties now should together


  • Amir
    May 14, 2013 - 10:02PM

    Although I am not a PML N supporter.

    But I have honestly felt that NS has genuine feelings when it comes to such things. I remmember how he went to the hospital after BB’s assination and his concern and feelings. He reached hospital as well when IK fell but couldn’t meet.

    So hats off Mr. Nawaz Shariff. Prove us wrong by becoming a good leader, and curtailing parties such as MQM and JUI F


  • Syed A. Mateen
    May 14, 2013 - 10:04PM

    I am glad to learn that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif went to meet Mr. Imran Khan at Shaukat Khanam Hospital.

    Mian Sahib and Imran both are partners in the government.

    Mian Sahib will be looking after the overall affairs of the country, whereas Mr. Imran Khan will be looking after the affairs of KP.

    In my opinion both are Captains of their respective teams.

    A very good gesture shown by Mian Sahib and at the same time reciprocated by Mr. Imran Khan.

    I am putting my hands together for clapping for both of them.

    May Al-Mighty Allah keep Mian Sahib and Imran Khan together and forever.

    I would like to go one step further.

    I would like to suggest to Mian Sahib to make Mr. Imran Khan as Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan, as PTI has emerged as the second largest political party in Pakistan.


  • expti
    May 14, 2013 - 10:07PM

    Would Imran have done the same. Noways Imran has lot of.negetivity when it comes to other parties. Thank Allah he didnt become PM.


  • Enlightened
    May 14, 2013 - 10:11PM

    Nawaz Sharif has shown great statesmanship after his victory, but IK was not graceful in his defeat. A friendly match between the two is a good idea but ideally TTP who did not put hurdles during the elections period should be included to make it a triangular series.


  • Sikander
    May 14, 2013 - 10:15PM

    Great expression of gesture by Nawaz Sharif..A positive step toward better democracy, with mutual cooperation of PTI an PML N , we hope for the best..


  • lkhan
    May 14, 2013 - 10:16PM

    An amazingly good gesture from Nawaz Sharif, impressed and if the goodwill continues, through consensus with the opposition, PMLN could put Pakistan on the road to recovery, and too take on the menace of extremism finally with a strong mandate. This is an excellent start – hats off to Mr. Sharif for his magnanimous ways and statesmanship. Appreciated the press conference content at the hospital, gives one hope for a new chapter – Pakistanis are good hardworking people, its diaspora is there for all to see – given half a chance they would make the country take off. Which translates to education, social welfare, employment.. If India and Pakistan finally bury their hatchets, military budget could be lowered to sensible GDP ratio, and funds allocated for the enhancement of natural and human resources…


  • rafiq
    May 14, 2013 - 10:25PM

    thankyou very very much mian sahib you are a true leader and this is from a pti supporter thankyou so much again sir


  • Farhan
    May 14, 2013 - 10:32PM

    PTI supporters seem to be very impressionable. By the comments on this news article, one would think that Nawaz has become an angel in the eyes of PTI.


  • Saad Kamran
    May 14, 2013 - 10:36PM

    This is indeed a very kind gesture by Mian Nawaz Sharif. Let’s just hope that him and Imran Khan can resolve their differences and work together for the greater good i.e. Pakistan. Pakistan needs a solid leadership right now and cannot afford to have internal disputes among political parties. I salute Imran Khan for the passion he has brought to the youth of this country. And although he didn’t win the elections (and I agree there was way too much rigging) but giving him a chance to form a government in KP and also possibly offering him the position of chairman of PAC (as reported by news channels), him and Nawaz Sharif can work together to take Pakistan out of its crisis. But both men and their parties, have a lot to prove. Let’s hope for the best, let’s pray for Pakistan!


  • SKHN
    May 14, 2013 - 10:37PM

    Yes good gesture shown by NS but the rigging issue needs to be resolved as well.


  • Ash
    May 14, 2013 - 10:38PM

    Nawaz is playing his cards well!


  • The truth
    May 14, 2013 - 10:39PM

    General Nawaz Sharif, is your election victory the same as General Musharraf’s referendum victory in 2002? Unless you yourself agree to immediate and transparent investigation of the constituencies under suspicion, you will be as legitimate as General Musharraf was…


  • Saad Kamran
    May 14, 2013 - 10:42PM

    This is indeed a very kind gesture by Mian Nawaz Sharif. Let’s just hope that him and Imran Khan can resolve their differences and work together for the greater good i.e. Pakistan. Pakistan needs a solid leadership right now and cannot afford to have internal disputes among political parties. I salute Imran Khan for the passion he has brought to the youth of this country. And although he didn’t win the elections (and I agree there was way too much rigging) but giving him a chance to form a government in KP and also possibly offering him the position of chairman of PAC (as reported by news channels), him and Nawaz Sharif can work together to take Pakistan out of its crisis. But both men and their parties, have a lot to prove. Let’s hope for the best, let’s pray for Pakistan!Recommend

  • falakSher
    May 14, 2013 - 11:07PM

    Only the true leader like IK and NS can together bring real positive change in Pakistan. Bravo NS for your kindness .. Looking forward for your support in PK


  • May 14, 2013 - 11:14PM

    This is the only way to overcome 60 years of mismanagement, looting, corruption, unequal rule of law which has brought continued hopelessness to 180 million. A failed Pakistan can literally become a role model of prosperity overnight if all good leaders bury their past and focus on strengths. Pakistan Zindabad.


  • May 14, 2013 - 11:21PM

    All good leaders like Nawaz, Musharraf and others in the past made their share of mistakes and blunders that almost destroyed Pakistan. It is time for all these leaders to accept and acknowledge their mistakes, ask forgiveness from God Almighty and learn from the past. It is human to make mistakes. Only Great people forgive.


  • Muslim Leaguer
    May 14, 2013 - 11:26PM

    Once again Mian Sahab proves that he is a great statesman that Pakistan desperately needs today. You have proven that the Voters have made a right choice by electing you as our Prime Minister. Hats-off to you Sir!!


  • Lone Star
    May 14, 2013 - 11:42PM

    Both of them don’t belong to the masses of Pakistan. Lavish life-style and the attitudes are arrogant. I want a leader who doesn’t discriminate among Pakistanis…be it a status in the society or a matter of sect or religion. Is Nawaz Sharif going to be any any different than his previous governments, only time will tell.


  • NS+IK
    May 14, 2013 - 11:49PM

    this is called “SYNERGY” Its great step to make stabilize our country, these to giant personalities can make Pakistan Asian tiger… its 1st step toward revolution…IK should respond positive in future and NS should support IK in future…..Great work


  • junaid
    May 15, 2013 - 12:19AM

    “cordial relationship with US” means no stopping to Drones?


  • Asma Aejaz
    May 15, 2013 - 12:35AM

    A very good gesture indeed by NS. Long live democracy, long live Pakistan!


  • Muhammad: llyas
    May 15, 2013 - 12:38AM

    @Rahim: In fact Nawaz is scared of Imran lest PTI should demand reelection of rigged constituencies.Recommend

  • majid ali
    May 15, 2013 - 12:39AM

    that,s a great leader we want


  • Muhammad: llyas
    May 15, 2013 - 12:44AM

    Nawaz.is scared of imran’s protests against rigging thats why he is showing soft corner.


  • May 15, 2013 - 1:06AM

    Today, every Pakistani has a cell phone. Most of the 180 million are empowered & much more informed by the Social Media. PML-N must know this. Five years from now they will be judged by their performance and promises they have made for the next five years. Time clock started May 11th, 2013. Now you can fool SOME of the people ALL the time and ALL the people SOME of the time BUT not all the people all the time anymore.


  • Rex Minor
    May 15, 2013 - 1:28AM

    Imran Khan is history; he had the opportunity but messed it up. A man without a vision, a tired sports man who has even lost the sportman spirit! Sorry fellows, the guy was a likeable lad but h fell from the heights when he refused to promote the return of Ahmedis muslims into the fold of Pakistani muslim family.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • John
    May 15, 2013 - 1:30AM

    “The PML-N leader also reiterated his objective to maintain cordial relations with the United States”

    Perhaps that his solw mandate for winning the elections. He must serve his masters.


  • light
    May 15, 2013 - 1:49AM

    Well whn ppp nd pmln do it , itsLight Muk Muka ..but whn pti do it…its mature nd naya Pakistan…lol


  • Abrar R
    May 15, 2013 - 2:31AM

    IK even met Ch Shujaat when he came so chillax .. IK will be soon back from the parliament end., dont loose ur helmet as yet sharif


  • Aysha
    May 15, 2013 - 2:33AM

    Ameerul momaneen all the way


  • Aysha
    May 15, 2013 - 2:38AM

    just saw the video of he visit
    Appalling level of indiscipline by the media


  • cgullnz
    May 15, 2013 - 4:37AM

    “I assure you that PTI is going to make a new Pakistan, where corrupt rulers will be taken to justice. I will hold (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz) Nawaz Sharif and (Pakistan People’s Party leader) Asif Zardari accountable after coming to power as these kings of corruption won’t hold each other accountable,” Imran Khan told an election rally here.



  • I.kash
    May 15, 2013 - 4:43AM

    Nice work by nawaz sharief and good thing for the development of pakistan……Recommend

  • Saima Jabeen
    May 15, 2013 - 10:24AM

    Nawaz Sharif, you are really a great human being. ALL HATS OFF.
    Allah bless Pakistan.
    Allah bless Nawaz Sharif.
    Allah bless Imran Khan


  • Gul Muhammad
    May 15, 2013 - 10:26AM

    I voted for PML-N and I am proud of it today. All my best wishes for IK. May he get well soon. Aameen.


  • Gul Muhammad
    May 15, 2013 - 10:32AM

    I salute Mian Sahib.
    There are so much challenges in Pakistan which should be resolved both by NS and IK.
    Love for both.


  • Youth
    May 15, 2013 - 10:38AM

    Pakistan comes first.
    Then PML-N or PTI.
    PPP has ruined our country. Both PML-N and PTI should work in close coordination to meet all challenges.


  • IK lover
    May 15, 2013 - 12:53PM

    Political gimmick at its best
    those saying NS has improved..should remember his last 2 tenures..
    when he shoved the country into darkness, hopelessness and economic slumber..
    Pakistanis have a problem of forgetting things. i still remember how sweets were distributed when nawaz govt was toppled by mushi.


  • Usman
    May 15, 2013 - 1:01PM

    That awkward moment when NS asks IK “Ab aaraam hai”


  • Hamza Suleman
    May 15, 2013 - 2:53PM

    I love both Nawaz and Imran. Both should repair my country destroyed by PPP.


  • Yumna Khan
    May 15, 2013 - 5:16PM

    Negative comments from PTI supporters look strange at this great moment. Please be positive. Its a great time that two national leaders have met.


  • Rabia Haroon
    May 15, 2013 - 5:24PM

    Well done. nawaz shrif.
    you are great. you again proved your greatness.


  • zia
    May 15, 2013 - 5:28PM

    I voted for PTI. I am thankful to Nawaz Sharif. Allah bless him.


  • Tabassum Khalil
    May 15, 2013 - 5:29PM

    NS has shown his maturity many times.
    one more mature move by him. he is really a great human being.
    Allah bless NS and IK.


  • Tabinda Naheed
    May 15, 2013 - 5:31PM

    A man should be flexible. He is showing his flexibility.


  • Zoha Ali
    May 15, 2013 - 5:35PM

    Best of luck for both leaders.
    I appreciate nawaz sharif for taking the initiative.


  • Parrot
    May 15, 2013 - 9:58PM

    I have always voted for PML-N in my life. I like Nawaz Sharif for many reasons. He has become a more mature human being after being away from power for 14 years. I am sure that he will perform much better in the coming term of 5 years.
    I am sure that great Imran Khan will also do a constructive opposition. Resultantly Pakistan will prosper. Allah bless both NS and IK.


  • Tehmina
    May 15, 2013 - 10:12PM

    i request my leader IK to please cool down now. nawaz sharif did very well that he went to shaukat khanum hospital.
    it will increase understanding between government and opposition.


  • bilal
    May 15, 2013 - 10:31PM

    Nawaz Sharif prayed for Imran in Abbottabad jalsa. All participants said Aameen
    Nawaz Sharif postponed his personal election compaign for one day after accident to Imran Khan.
    Shahbaz Sharif personally went to Shoukat Khanum Hospital to see Imran Khan the same day when he got an accident. But he was not allowed to meet Imran Khan.
    Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of PML(N) personally visited the hospital to see Imran Khan.
    Nawaz Sharif personally visited the hospital on 14-05-2013 to see Imran Khan.
    i am much much impressed. nawaz and shehbaz are great leaders. they have learnt a lot from past. i am sure that future of pakistan is bright. i request PTI people to please also show good gesture.

  • Karachi citizen
    May 15, 2013 - 11:31PM

    I salute to Nawaz Sharif. All my friends liked his gesture. Its very good for Pakistani politics. Imran should also respond accordingly.


  • Amer
    May 16, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Good gesture by Nawaz but does he really think IK will play a ‘friendly match’ with him? NS is in for a tough opposition in the next 5 years. Mark my words.


  • May 16, 2013 - 7:21PM

    It is a nice gesture by Nawaz Sharif to visit Imran Khan in SKM Hospital. PML-N and PTI should form working relationship for the progress of Pakistan. Hope that both parties leadership will work together for the betterment of people.


  • Max
    May 16, 2013 - 8:35PM

    IK promised only opposition, NS added the friendly part. Let’s see how NS stands up to it now.


  • Sattar Rind
    May 17, 2013 - 1:57PM

    nawaz sharif unnecessarily giving the IK an importance. he does deserve it


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