Chaudhry Nisar said that the military played no part in ousting former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
The former interior minister said this in an interview with Geo News.
He added that confrontation with judiciary will not yield any political benefits, adding “no political objectives can be achieved by confrontation with the Supreme Court.”
“Unnecessary confrontation with the Army can weaken our position, which is not suitable,” said Nisar.
“I have learnt discipline, punctuality, and how to love the country from the armed forces,” he said, adding that most of his family, including his grandfather and brother, were associated with the armed forces.
Commenting about himself, he said his introversion and reserved nature may be the reason for his critics to allege that he is arrogant.
“I believe in stating the truth,” he said. “Nawaz Sharif never even frowned on my criticism till 2013, but the past few years were different and resulted in the rift with him.”
He said that he always presented everything to the former PM directly, but since some time he was deliberately being stopped from doing so, adding that he spoke in the Cabinet following the changing situation.
“I never discussed my issues with the party publicly,” he said.
He also refuted the claim that he favours the army, Nisar cited various incidents of speaking against the force each time it went against the policies of his government.
The former interior minister had earlier denounced comparisons being made between former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and ousted PM’s daughter Maryam Nawaz.
He argued that Maryam should only be considered as the daughter of Nawaz Sharif, the country’s former prime minister who stepped down from leadership after the Supreme Court disqualified him in July in the Panama Papers case.
“Children are only children, they cannot be accepted as leaders,” Nisar stated, adding that they are “non-political”.