ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has hinted a new faction within PML N if the political onslaught against him does not stop.
He said that Maryam Nawaz’s “sharp” tone could endanger the unity of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz adding former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was not a benefactor who grants favours.
The reports have surfaced that dozens of lawmakers from PML N are ready to quit party and join the new faction.
In a statement issued here, he said only God could grant favours to mankind.
“If Mian Sahib [Nawaz Sharif] believes he has done favours to people, there will be people who had done favours to him,” Nisar said.
The former interior minister who has been associated with the PML-N for decades, said: “I am forced to give a response to the terms used and poetry recited by Nawaz Sharif yesterday and his daughter’s statement. I have exercised a lot of patience and tolerance in the situations and circumstances that had arisen in the past year. I have tried not to give any reaction that may harm the party.”
The disgruntled PML-N leader said he had been sadly witnessing the attacks from within the party over the past eight to 10 months. “Some favoured journalists were tasked to ask planted questions to target me. This is an insult to me. The person used in these attacks neither has an ideological nor political relationship with the party,” he said in the statement, written on a plain paper in Urdu.
Khan said he had suspended his activity on the national politics to a large extent and was working in his constituency.
Warning Maryam Nawaz and other rivals within the party, he quoted famous poet Munir Niazi’s couplet: “Adab ki baat hai, warna Munir socho tau – Jau shakhs sunnta hai, who bol bi tau sakkta hai [It is a matter of respect Munir otherwise, the person who listens can also respond].” The Leaguer said he reserved the right to respond if the “pawns” continued to target him.
Reports earlier said Nawaz Sharif had parted ways with Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. But Khan is thought to be close to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif – who replaced his brother as the PML-N president this month.