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Shahbaz Meets Nisar to Reconcile Differences

Aftab Chaudhry

Islamabad (July 26, 2017): Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday met Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here in capital and discussed different issues.

According to the details, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has meet with Interior Minister and senior Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar in an attempt to ‘reconcile differences,’ sources said on Wednesday.

Sources told Abb Takk that Shahbaz Sharif accompanied by Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar and other ministers called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who has developed differences with party leadership reportedly over the successor of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in case he was disqualified by the Supreme Court.

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They said that the Minister was also not happy with the handling of Panama Leaks by PML-N and government.Shahbaz Sharif and other ministers assured Ch Nisar that his reservations would be addressed.They claimed that Nisar had decided to resign from the Ministry but not to leave the party.

They added that Nisar cabinet colleagues pressed him not to resign from the cabinet.

The meeting — details of which are yet to be fully disclosed — comes 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 recent Lahore explosion that left at least 15 dead and 25 injured.

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“I had planned on discussing many points today, but in light of the Lahore incident it is not possible for me to talk about political issues, I am sure you all will agree,” Nisar said.

Hours before Nisar’s press conference at Punjab House, the PM’s spokesperson Musadik Malik in a statement said the interior minister would neither resign from his post nor would he leave the party.

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‘Nisar will continue to remain with us’

In a series of tweets on Monday, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique affirmed Nisar’s association with the prime minister and the party.

Rafique said the interior minister will not back down in testing times and will be at the frontline.
‘Two groups have emerged in PML-N’

In his media address in Multan on Saturday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there are now two groups in the PML-N.

“The first group is the bacha (minor) group which wants conflict with institutions. The second group which is represented by Chaudhry Nisar instead of saving personalities wants to save the system.”

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