PML-N being “forcibly dragged” into ex-couple’s private life: Ahsan Iqbal

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LAHORE: Former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders are being “forcibly dragged” into the scandal created by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and his journalist ex-wife Reham Khan lashing out at each other.

The PML-N leader was speaking to the press outside the Lahore High Court (LHC) when he was asked about Reham’s upcoming book. He replied by terming it a “personal matter” of the ex-couple and denied that the party has any link with the book as per PTI’s allegations.

“This is a personal matter, what do we have to do with it?” asked Iqbal adding: “It is an issue concerning a former couple and we are being forcibly dragged into it.”

According to PTI’s allegations stated by their spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry, the former interior minister on Reham’s request had facilitated a meeting between her and Maryam Nawaz.

“I have never met Reham and a book is not necessary to highlight Imran’s poor performance,” said Ahsan Iqbal in response to another question, adding that the PTI leaders most recent incapability had been proven by his u-turns over the caretaker chief minister setup.

“The PTI chairman has shown that he is not capable of leading a nation and his unprofessionalism is enough for us to defeat him in the upcoming election,” the former interior minister further added.

Speaking in favour of his party, Ahsan said, “To judge the performance of Pakistan’s three biggest political parties just visit Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar for a day each. You will find out for yourself which party has the capability to perform and deliver.”

“The upcoming election will not be about slogans but performance,” he assured as he expressed worry of the future.

“We initiated projects worth millions of dollars, including the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, and if someone incapable comes into power then he will damage the process of development.”