- PML-N leader asks his former colleague not act as ‘Aristotle of democracy’
Senior Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday hit back at his former colleague Javed Hashmi for reportedly saying that the former interior minister wanted to please the establishment with his recent criticism of Maryam Nawaz.
On Thursday, Nisar had issued a warning to former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, saying that his daughter’s (Maryam) ‘sharp tongue’ was steering the PML-N into a dead end. In reaction to these remarks, Hashmi had reportedly come to Maryam’s rescue.
Hashmi’s counter criticism on behalf of Maryam triggered another round of ‘war of words’ on Sunday, with Nisar through his spokesperson issuing his scathing assessment of the Multan-based politician. “A person who has been the minister in a military government should try and not act as the Aristotle of democracy,” Nisar said.
“Javed Hashmi, in his political career, has switched allegiances many times. Perhaps, before levelling accusations at Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, he should have thought of his own statements that he had given in Nisar’s favour in the last few years,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Nisar said that the ‘politically isolated’ Hashmi, through his statements, was trying to get back into the good books of PML-N leadership, an attempt, he said, did not work before. “We understand that Javed Hashmi is a political passenger whom no political party wants to give a seat in their train due to his fickle-mindedness and a lack of determination,” the statement reads.
“To come closer to PML-N, he had first used anti-PTI statements and it seems that after failing with that attempt he is trying to use accusations against Chaudhry Nisar as his way of reclaiming the trust of the PML-N leadership,” he said. “Javed Hashmi must remember those statements that he made against Nawaz Sharif and his family,” it said.
“If today he is in need of PML-N’s platform, then he should not use Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s shoulder,” he said. Nisar told Hashmi that he has complete freedom to do the kind of politics he wants but don’t reach a level of sycophancy and flattery that is in contradiction to the truth and facts”.
“Instead of levelling accusations at Chaudhry Nisar, it would be far better if Javed Hashmi, for his politics’ sake, concentrates on his voters whose trust he has lost due to switching of loyalties,” he added. Since the surfacing of the Panama cases against the former prime minister and his family, Nisar had been giving statements against the PML-N policies and narratives.