Shahid Khaqan, Kh Saad try to appease displeased Ch Nisar

ISLAMABAD – After Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali scheduled a press conference for Sunday at 05:00 PM to exchange thoughts on his ongoing rift with the party, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and another important member reached Punjab House to appease displeased Nisar.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members requested the interior minister to not hold the presser, and told him that he is an asset of the party. Chaudhry Nisar told PML-N leaders that he is still bound to party discipline, and any sort of irresponsible behavior or statement should not be expected from him during the presser, however, he possesses the right to express his complains.

Chaudhry Nisar said there is a limit to endure anything, and his resentment increased when his loyalty for the party was doubted. He said if things were said against him to the premier then it was his responsibility to clarify them by talking to him in person. Let it also be known that the interior minister is strongly against the party policy regarding the Panama case and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Sources have revealed that the interior minister has openly said to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Saad Rafique and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif that he cannot accept Defence Minister Khawaja Asif or Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal as the prime minister if Nawaz has to leave his office.

It has further been learnt that if any of these two will be appointed as the premier then Chaudhry Nisar will resign from his ministry, but will not quit PML-N and support the party just as a Member National Assembly (MNA). Sources have further disclosed that PM Nawaz is likely to contact Ch Nisar today to iron out his reservations.

After different rumors started floating regarding the press conference of Ch Nisar, another statement from the interior ministry came which said Nisar’s stance will only be clarified in the presser, therefore, all the gossips must stop.

The spokesperson of interior minister had earlier clarified the reports of dispute between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Nisar. It should be noted that an all-important consultative meeting occurred on Friday (yesterday) between the premier and other senior leadership which excluded the interior minister.

All federal ministers, advisors, legal experts and special assistants to the premier had attended the meeting to discuss the Panama case final verdict which has been reserved by the Supreme Court. Nisar remained absent from the scene while sources told that he had been in his office.

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