ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz’s leadership is considering to expel the former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan from the party before he himself proceeded to part ways amid ongoing tensions between the two parties, a local media house reported.
Earlier, Nisar had come down hard on his party leadership while indirectly addressing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. “I ask the people from Jati Umrah not to ridicule themselves by staging such dramas and not to ridicule me either,” the minister said in a statement.
The ex-minister, however, deemed it insulting to have him appear for an interview or to even apply for a ticket.
“Since when do senior members of the party have to appear before a parliamentary board for party tickets?” he asked in the statement.
Furthermore, it had been reported that Nisar did not have any plans to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Still, he would adopt a vague policy regarding joining PTI in order to keep the options open.
But even without joining the PTI, seat adjustment between Nisar and PTI is possible as Imran Khan’s party may agree to withdraw its candidates on the seats where Nisar and the candidates he supports would contest general polls.
However, a statement issued by Nisar on Monday denied negotiations with PTI over NA-59, PP-10 and PP-12.
Nisar’s press release was followed by a denial from PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry. “We have no seat adjustment with Chaudhry Nisar,” he said, adding that “PTI has directly nominated senior vice-president Ghulam Sarwar Khan. We will field our own candidates throughout Pakistan.”