Islamabad (Staff Report): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif met disgruntled party leader Chaudhry Nisar at the Punjab House.

According to sources, the two discussed various party issues, including a strategy for the upcoming general elections and ways to strengthen the party, along with Shehbaz’s recent trip to Karachi and Peshawar.

They also discussed in the two-hour-long meeting the recent defection of PML-N lawmakers from south Punjab.

Earlier, media reports had suggested that former interior minister is likely to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

According to sources, Nisar is in contact with PTI leaders through backdoor channels and more than one meeting has been held in this regard, adding that the former interior minister will soon meet PTI chairman Imran Khan and will announce to join his party.

However, the PTI spokesman had denied for holding any meeting with Nisar .

Ch Nisar had announced to contest 2018 general elections from NA 59 on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ticket. Nisar said that he had advised Nawaz Sharif not to confront with the state institutions.

Responding to questions about his disagreements with party leadership, Nisar said that he believes in discussing his problems within the party, adding that there was no forward bloc in the party.

He recalled his political beginning and said that he set on this journey in 1985 from NA-140 constituency and that the constituency was maintained from then till 2002. It was divided into two constituencies in 2002 as a conspiracy to keep him from winning, Nisar claimed.