Islamabad (July 27, 2017): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar will address an important press conference, which has earlier been delayed twice in the past few days.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are en route to hold another meeting with ‘disgruntled’ Interior Minister and senior Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan today.
Sources told Abb Takk that the interior minister will hold a press conference at 5pm today. This will be the minister’s third attempt to publicly address the ‘differences’ that have emerged between him and the PML-N after the first two press conferences were called off.
On Wednesday, a high-level delegation of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) met the estranged minister to get his proposed press conference cancelled.
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However, the interior minister remained steadfast on holding the press conference as the delegation, comprising CM Shahbaz, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq, held a meeting with him that continued for more than four hours.
Sources revealed that during the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif, with the assistance of Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Ishaq Dar, urged Ch Nisar to cancel the press conference that the interior minister has announced to hold on the prevailing political scenario in the country.
On this occasion, the interior minister assured them that he was not annoyed with anyone in the government; however, he wants to clarify some issues in the press conference.The high-level committee in the four and a half hour meeting promised Ch Nisar Ali Khan to remove all his reservations with mutual consent and compelled him not to hold the press conference.
Sources further disclosed that the interior minister demonstrated flexibility in his stance relating to differences with the party leadership on different issues and made it clear that he was not annoyed or aggrieved with any particular individual in the PML-N.
The interior minister, however, remained steadfast on holding the press conference to explain some issues relating to him in the media. Through the press conference, “I want to clarify some issues in detail and for this purpose, I have no personal grudge against anyone,” the minister pointed out.
The interior minister, in his stance, also stated that he will listen to the voice of his conscience and will not go against the interests of the motherland.
Yesterday, a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry dismissed media reports stating that efforts were being made to placate Nisar or that he is upset with the party leadership.
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“The truth is that the minister had adopted a differing position on some important matters in the PML-N’s internal meetings, after which he was excluded from the consultative process,” said the spokesperson.
He added that the interior minister is seeking an explanation for his exclusion and wants to know if the decision was made due to his opposing stance, or some other reason.
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The spokesperson further said that unless a clarification is provided, “it will be difficult to resolve problems in a positive manner.”According to sources, during Wednesday’s meeting, Nisar sought time to review his decision, while Shehbaz asked the minister not to take any extreme measures.
Sources further added that Nisar was requested not to bring party affairs onto the media as the chief minister assured Nisar that all his reservations would be addressed.
The meeting came at a time when the political arena is rife with speculations of Nisar ending his 32-year long association with PML-N.
A much-awaited presser on Monday — in the backdrop of speculations of Nisar’s differences with PML-N leadership — ended with the minister declining to address any political issues in the light of the Lahore attack that left over 25 dead.