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ISLAMABAD: In a surprise move amid heightened tensions between the ruling party and the judiciary, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi dashed to the Supreme Court to have his first one-on-one meeting with Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday evening.

The unexpected meeting between the heads of the two institutions which continued for hours may help in defusing the perceived tension between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the judiciary and in lowering political temperature especially against the backdrop of criticism of the judiciary by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other relatives facing corruption charges in an accountability court, legal observers believe.

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Analysts see the move as part of an effort by the prime minister to convince the judiciary that the PML-N government does not want to confront it and to communicate the difficulties the government faces due to judiciary’s active role in questioning the quality of governance.

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