Shehbaz says Nisar not a friend anymore


Former Punjab chief minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif Saturday admitted that his friendly relation with disgruntled party leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ended.

Speaking during an interview with a private news channel, Shehbaz said that he had convinced Nawaz Sharif for awarding ticket to Nisar, but it could not happen because of issuance of statements from both sides.

“I have had an affiliation with Chaudhry Nisar and I won’t issue statements on that throughout my life,” he said.

The former Punjab CM also said that the party has chosen him for the premiership and if they won the elections, then he would be the prime minister.

Shehbaz further denied allegations of supporting Reham Khan’s upcoming book, which has stirred controversy. He added that he is neither behind the book nor has he given her a single penny for it directly or indirectly.

The PML-N president further said, “Imran Khan has alleged that I am behind Reham’s book but I give no value to his allegation,” adding that he only met Reham once in his whole life.

“I only met her once when she interviewed me during the 2014 sit-ins and never after that,” the former Punjab chief minister said.

Speaking about the allegations levelled against him by the PTI chairman, Shehbaz said, “Imran accuses me of giving Rs27 billion to Reham for the book through an alleged front man Javed Sadiq.”

“The second allegation he has levelled against me is that I offered him Rs10 billion to stay mum on the Panama Papers case,” he continued.

“Imran’s third allegation against me is that I took Rs1-2 billion in commission in Multan Metro Bus project through a partnership with a Chinese company,” the former Punjab chief minister said.

Shehbaz upheld that he sent notices to Imran following each allegation.

“However, he never replied to me after which I even went to court and neither he nor his counsel ever appeared for any of the cases,” he asserted.