Ch Nisar obtains official blue passport

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 22, 2017

The interior minister, who has remained associated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for around 35 years, was not even present in Friday's important consultative meeting - held at the Prime Minister's House after the special implementation bench of the Supreme Court reserved its judgement in the Panama Papers case.

Reports from the federal capital indicate that the minister has made a decision to part ways with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ending his three decade long association with him.

The interior minister will distance himself from the premier with an announcement at a press conference on Sunday, sources said, adding that he is also likely to announce resignation from his post as interior minister.

Nisar reportedly said that he remained loyal to Nawaz and never let him down.

The media quoting sources stated that the interior minister informed them about his reservations, which were accepted by the two leaders.

Nisar, the other day, also got a blue passport with 10-year validity, in addition to the more valuable diplomatic passport that is issued to the ministers and state ministers only.

The sources said the interior minister wants to skirt media glare until his press conference scheduled for Sunday evening.

Some within the ruling PML-N, who know the politics of Chaudhry Nisar, are of the view that he had always played aggressive politics, while remaining on the forefront and did not like submissive style of politics.

The ministers, however, failed to appease Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

The two-member delegation returned after Ch Nisar clearly told them that his stance is based on principles and he will not budge.

In a series of tweets, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique affirmed Chaudhry Nisar's association with the PM and the party.

He further said that the diplomatic passport had to be surrendered under the law as soon as the minister, state ministers or advisers quit the job or leave their office with the completion of the tenure of the government.

"It takes courage to leave the party", Rashid said.

Opposition leader in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah said he agreed with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar's objections.

A well-placed source informed Pakistan Today requesting anonymity that the prime minister noticed the absence of Nisar from the meeting and directed Shehbaz Sharif to convince Nisar that it was not time to remain estranged to the party's chief who was facing his life's biggest political and legal challenges.

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