ISLAMABAD – An estranged leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and former interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, on Saturday cleared the air on rumours of his break up with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Addressing a presser in Islamabad, Nisar said: “I have no any demands and not angry with PML-N”. He added that he will remain in the party, even though, he was ‘attacked’ by the deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz after he had carried “their political burden”.
Thanking PTI leaders for inviting him into their party, the PML-N leader said that it was an honour for him, but could not part ways with the party. Nisar asserted that he was the only founding member who still attached to the party.
“Someone should tell me when I showed disloyalty to the PML-N?” asked the PML-N bigwig. “I stand with the PML-N, but not the party where freedom of expressing differences is a crime,” Nisar said.
Hinting at remarks from Maryam Nawaz and other party leaders against him, the party stalwart made it clear that he was unable to digest the character assassination.
Nisar also lamented the Nawaz Sharif’s remarks about ‘invisible forces’ role in the politics. He said that military establishment has been played role in the country’s politics directly or indirectly, but exposing the dirty linen brought defame to Pakistan.
He also expressed disappointment over the remarks of PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that aliens would hold the next general elections. “Disappointed over the role of Abbasi as prime minister,” said Nisar, adding that the premier should hold a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other military officials if there were concerns.
After the Panamagate verdict, Nisar said that he had advised former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to avoid using offensive language against the judiciary and army.
“When the Panama revelations surfaced, I advised Nawaz not to write a letter to the Supreme Court of Pakistan and not to appear before the joint investigation team (JIT),” he said.
“I also asked former premier to hold a meeting with the army chief to retract army officers and intelligentia from the team formed,” he said, adding that Nawaz, however, did not pay heed to it.
Nisar said he was one of the party leaders who suggested the former premier not to appear before the court and the joint investigation team in the case.