Asif, another PML-N leader asked to quit party, claims Ayaz

LAHORE: Former National Assembly (NA) speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday claimed that Khawaja Asif and one other Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader were asked to part ways with the party.

Ayaz, while speaking to reporters, said Asif was asked about a month ago to quit and he also informed the party leadership about the development.

He also revealed that Asif rejected the offer and said that he has spent three decades in the party and cannot leave now that the party was in the opposition.

The PML-N leader further said that the name of the person, who pressurised Asif, will be revealed at the right time. He also said that a forward bloc cannot be formed because no one wants to be part of it.

The former speaker also expressed reservations on the appointment of the new interior minister and said that all praise to the wisdom of the person who handed over the portfolio to Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed.

The anti-graft watchdog arrested Asif from Islamabad Tuesday after he failed to provide required evidence in an inquiry pertaining to being in possession of assets beyond his declared sources of income.

A day earlier, an accountability court in Islamabad handed him to the bureau on one-day remand for him to be transferred to Lahore where the case will be heard.

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