Former premier Nawaz Sharif will not attend the All Parties Conference (APC) hosted by Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman, sources said on Sunday.
Maulana Fazl met the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) quaid at his Jati Umra residence earlier today to convince him to attend the APC scheduled for October 31.
"However, Maulana Fazl failed in convincing Nawaz to attend the APC," sources said. The former premier decided against attending the conference himself despite the JUI-F's chiefs repeated requests, they added.
A high-level delegation of the PML-N will attend the conference instead, sources continued.
Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz and senior PML-N leader Pervaiz Rashid also attended the meeting between Nawaz and Fazl which lasted two hours, sources further said.
After the meeting, the JUI-F chief left without speaking to the media.
A day earlier, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said they have agreed to attend the APC hosted by Maulana Fazl.
Earlier, sources told Geo News that Nawaz has been reluctant to hold a one-on-one meeting with Zardari. The sources said that Nawaz has reservations over PPP's role following the July 25 polls.