‘NISAR CAN LEAVE PML-N IF REALLY A MAN OF PRINCIPLE’
From Ahmed Chughtai
LAHORE: Former information minister Pervaiz Rasheed said yesterday that if former interior minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senior leader Chaudhry Nisar is as disciplined as he says then he should leave the party.
Senator Rasheed said the former interior minister passed “misleading statements about the party during testing times”.
The party should make a decision unanimously regarding Nisar, said Rasheed, adding that if his vote is required then he will suggest it.
“Someone wanted my ouster and Nisar wanted to win his approval,” said Rasheed.
Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar said that he doesn’t seem it fit to respond to a man who is ‘barely in the party’.
“A person who hasn’t contested councilor’s election thinks he ranks highly in the party,” said Nisar.
Nisar while lambasting Rasheed said the senator has spent most part of his life in ’another party’.
“If the Dawn leaks report is made public then the deeds of the person passing statements will be in front of everyone” said the former interior minister.
“Nawaz Sharif had to take the decision under duress,” he said. “I know Nawaz was not responsible for my ouster.”
Earlier, then interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had held Rasheed’s ‘doings’ responsible for his ouster.
“What he [Nisar] refers to as my doings are Pakistan’s national interest,” Rasheed had responded.
On October 29, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took back the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage from Pervaiz Rashid, weeks after the military’s top commanders said a ‘false and fabricated’ newspaper report breached national security.
According to a statement from the PM’s office, the premier directed then Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid to step down to enable holding of an independent and detailed inquiry into the episode.
Meanwhile, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has censured fellow party leader, former information minister Pervaiz Rashid yesterday by saying that a politician who did not contest for a councillor’s election is acting as if he is the ‘chief minister of the party’.
The former interior minister said that he does not deem it necessary to respond to ridiculous statements of any lawmaker. Nisar said former premier Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi should order for release of Dawn Leaks report.
He warned that actions of the lawmaker would be clear once the report is made public.
Pervaiz Rashid, then information and broadcasting minister was sacked in October 2016 after an alleged inside story of meeting of National Security Committee (NSC) was fed to an English daily. The story that was carried by the daily claimed of a confrontation between the civil and military leadership relating to operations against terror hideouts. Government as well as Pakistan Army denied the news and termed it baseless.
A committee formed by then interior minister Chaudhry Nisar concluded that the issue be forwarded to All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) for required disciplinary action against the journalist.
The government had branded the story a breach of national security. The journalist had stated that the news was verified by multiple sources and the English daily stood by the published material.
Rashid, then information minister among two government officials were sacked for not shouldering their responsibilities.