ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday told his cabinet members that the government was not in trouble and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz would come out clean amid the corruption references against the Sharif family.

The premier, while chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet here, said that the PML-N would again win the general elections next year and form government.

“The PM asked the cabinet members to work hard to counter the opposition’s propaganda against the PML-N leadership,” a federal minister, who attended the meeting, told The Nation.

The PM, he said, made it clear there was no succession issue in the PML-N and the London meeting just discussed the latest political situation.

Reports earlier suggested the PML-N had settled the “succession dispute” and had decided to elect Shehbaz Sharif – the incumbent Punjab chief minister – as the prime minister, if the PML-N wins the 2018 polls.

There were also reports about differences within the Sharif family on the issue of party’s leadership.  The PM, who had attended the London meeting this week, said the opposition “will be disappointed” and would not be able to divide the PML-N.

The cabinet, the minister said, also discussed the trial of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif by the accountability court.

“The PM tasked the ministers to ensure that too much people do not gather outside the court. He believed clashes outside the courts only help the cause of the opposition,” said the cabinet member.

An official statement issued after the meeting said the cabinet was given detailed briefing on future business plan and strategy to turn the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) around.

The prime minister, it said, directed that a committee be constituted to undertake detailed study of the proposed plan and to fine-tune the proposed strategy in order to make PIA a profitable business venture.

The meeting approved the memorandum of understanding on promotion of tourism between Pakistan and Mauritius.

It also approved the signing of agreement of cooperation between the International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan and Belarusian State Technological University, Belarus.

Summary was passed for the cabinet to accord approval to the signing of agreement of cooperation between department of electrical engineering, faculty of engineering and technology, International Islamic University, Islamabad and Belarusian States University of informatics and radio electronics.

The meeting passed the summary for the cabinet to accord approval to the signing of cooperation agreement between educational establishment - Belarusian State Technological University of Physical Culture - Belarus and International Islamic University Islamabad.

The summary was passed for the cabinet accord approval to the signing of cooperation agreement of academic and research cooperation between Sulaiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail – Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad, and Belarusian State University (BSU), Belarus.

The meeting approved summary for the cabinet, to accord approval to the signing of MoU between the universities of Australia and the Pakistan Higher Education Commission to encourage cooperation in the fields of higher education and academic research.

The meeting passed a no-objection certificate for the award of “commander’s cross of the order of merit” to Khalid Memon, former ambassador of Pakistan to Poland by the Republic of Poland.

Ex-post facto approval was granted for the acceptance of the Turkish military award “the legion of merit” to Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman by Turkey.

Ex-post facto approval was also granted for the acceptance of “the legion of merit (degree of commander)” medal to Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, former chief of the naval staff by the United States.

The meeting also granted ex-post facto approval in principle to start negotiations and signing of agreement on cooperation between the Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation and the National Company Kazakh Information Agency.