Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has stepped in to defuse the situation between PM Nawaz Sharif and Ch Nisar as the party is passing through the most difficult time where the prime minister and his family are facing serious charges in the apex court and the falling apart of leaders like Ch Nisar Ali Khan from the party would only add to the problems of the ruling family.
Ch Nisar assured the Punjab chief minister that he would not be leaving the party but at the same time could not withstand the casual treatment meted out to him by the prime minister in presence of far junior cabinet colleagues.
The people who knew the politics and persona of Ch Nisar well said that he (Nisar) would be the last person to ditch the prime minister in crisis and the extreme step he could take is to turn dormant but stay part of the party if not cabinet.
The sources said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had also taken up the matter of Ch Nisar’s outburst in the cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sharif and both of them agreed that it was a result of some misunderstanding, which must be resolved forthwith because the party would not afford such rifts at top echelon of the party at this critical juncture.
Ch Nisar was also critical and angry to those within the party who had leaked the distorted version of his speech to media which had further vitiated the situation as all what he had said in his speech at last cabinet meeting was that he was standing with the party and one must not doubt his loyalty keeping in view his unflinching standing with the party in every thick and thin well over the past three decades.