ISLAMABAD: The war of words between the two ministers of the federal government has aggravated as a fresh rebuttal has surfaced from the Interior Minister about the remarks associated with himself by the Minister of Planning Ahsan Iqbal.
The planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has talked about the character of a man who is ditching his leader in time of need rather than standing with him at this difficult hour.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday issued a strongly worded rebuttal to Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal’s comments on Geo News’ programme Naya Pakistan with Talat Hussain.
Iqbal stated that cabinet members had agreed, during a recent cabinet meeting, that the JIT’s modus operandi did not meet the requirements of justice.
The minister quoted Nisar as referring to his over three-decade long association with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and describing his loyalty as an asset he was proud of in his political journey at Thursday's cabinet meeting.
An hour after Iqbal’s comments — aimed at dispelling the impression that Nisar had distanced himself from Pakistan Mulsim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) leadership over the Panama Papers probe and JIT report — were aired, an interior ministry spokesperson issued a strongly worded statement refuting the remarks attributed to Nisar by “a member of cabinet.”
The interior minister had excused himself from the PML-N parliamentary party meeting on Friday following the cabinet meeting a day earlier on the basis of 'prior engagements'.
Nisar strongly negated rumours that his absence was something symbolic and said personal engagements kept him from attending the meeting.