Nisar promises tell-all on PML-N split after Avenfield verdict


ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar, who recently announced his disassociation from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after 34 years, on Wednesday said that he would publicly discuss the reasons behind his split with ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif after the announcement of the Avenfield reference.

“I will tell all regarding my differences with Mian Saab after the verdict on Friday,” said the disgruntled PML-N member while speaking to the press in the federal capital.

“On one hand the party president says it’s not their policy to confront institutions but the party spokespersons say otherwise,” he said while pointing towards the division between PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and “unnamed party spokespersons”.

Commenting on the confusion among PML-N workers, Nisar asked, “Who is running the party and is its president?”

Nisar wondered which statement of his had ‘hurt’ the ousted premier for the second time, after raising similar questions during a public gathering in Rawalpindi on Monday.

“If Mian Saab was hurt because of my comments against his confrontation of institutions, then tell me if I was wrong,” he said.

Explaining his stance, Nisar said, “I wanted to clarify as dangerous topics were being discussed within the party.”

“I was not invited to party meetings which is why I could not convey my stance,” he added.

“A dangerous statement was also issued regarding the Mumbai attacks and it was anti-state,” he emphasised.

In regard to his electoral campaign, Nisar said that he had received a heartening response. “I have received a warm response so far and will be contesting from four constituencies.”

Commenting on the arrest of PML-N leader Qamar-ul-Islam Raja, who he will face in the upcoming election at NA-59 (Rawalpindi-III), Nisar said, “I was the first to condemn his arrest.”