I have mutual respect for PML-N, its leadership: Nisar

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Islamabad, June 22 (TNS): Rebel leader of PML-N Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has expressed annoyance on media reports quoting him as saying that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif will not able to show his face if Nisar revealed his secrets.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Friday, the former interior minister said he had a relationship based on respect with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and its leadership, adding that he cannot even think about hurting the party he joined three decades ago.

“Some say I am angry … I can’t even think about hurting PML-N, I have a relation of respect with them, how can I hurt them? When Nawaz Sharif declared Mujeebur Rehman patriot I said nothing … I gave statement that cases regarding Mumbai attacks could not proceed due to India’s negligence,” he said.

Calling the media reports ‘fake news’, he said there was no reference of where he had said this, “no media person was mentioned to be sitting there, but it created chaos, it quoted me as saying that if I open my mouth then Nawaz Sharif will not be able to show his face anywhere, I immediately denied it. Few Urdu newspaper published articles on the basis of this, but they published our denial also.”

Last week, the former federal minister had come down hard on his party leadership while indirectly addressing Nawaz Sharif.  “I ask the people from Jati Umrah not to ridicule themselves by staging such dramas and not to ridicule me either,” he had said in a statement.

His words came in the backdrop of reports that Nisar had been informed that appearing before the PML-N parliamentary board awarding election tickets was compulsory. 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.