LONDON - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said the so-called London Plan of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri had totally flopped and its fate was before the nation.

Media reports said the prime minister made these remarks while talking to reporters briefly outside his residence in upscale London neighborhood. “Everybody has seen what has happened to the London plan?” he said, adding journey for the progress of Pakistan would continue.

The prime minister vowed to continue the journey towards progress and prosperity of the country. He said those who wanted to push the country backward had failed in their designs.

The London plan is referred to a meeting between Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri in London a few months ago at which they allegedly discussed and planned their strategy against the Nawaz Sharif government.

Both PTI and PAT have been staging sit-ins in Islamabad since August 14, 2014, demanding resignation from the prime minister over election rigging and Model Town massacre.

Imran Khan had earlier denied his meeting with Qadri in London; however, he confirmed it later after PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the meeting had taken place.

The meeting was seen as a suspicious move by the two leaders who have now camped in Islamabad to press for resignation of the prime minister.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after one-night stopover in London, left for New York to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly session. He will address the United Nations General Assembly on September 26 and hold meetings with key world leaders during his stay in New York.

The prime minister was seen off at the airport by Acting High Commissioner Muhammad Imran Mirza and Aysha Imran Mirza along with other officers of the High Commission.

On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders. He will also co-chair the UN Peacekeeping Summit along with US Vice President Joe Biden and a few other world leaders, said a message received here from the Pakistan High Commission in London, United Kingdom.