Govt institutions should play practical role to tackle horse-trading, says Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar on Saturday said that government institutions should play a practical role to tackle horse-trading during Senate elections.

While talking to media after casting his vote in the Upper House elections, Nisar said that he has never attended the parliamentary committee meeting of PML-N in last four years.

“Why my absence has become such an issue this time,” he asked.

He also told media that he had met with ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif but they did not talk about the vote. The former minister, however, said that this is not the occasion to discuss party matters.

Responding to a question about Nisar “playing on the front foot” after Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s ascent as president of PML-N, the former minister said that he is not playing cricket hence there is no need for him to play either on the front foot or back foot.

Nisar has become disgruntled from the leadership of ruling party after the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case in which the apex court disqualified Nawaz Sharif.

Nisar reportedly was not in favour of confrontation with state institutions, especially with the judiciary.