Some PML-N politicians close to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday took exception to Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s recent TV interview and questioned its timing, making it clear that Mr Sharif cannot be `intimidated’ and he would continue to strive for the sanctity of the ballot.
Although some senior PML-N leaders told Dawn that they would speak their heart out over the issue at an appropriate time, a few of them aired their sentiments.
In his characteristic style, Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry after attending a meeting chaired by Maryam Nawaz in Model Town in connection with the by-poll in NA-120, commented: “No one should warn Nawaz Sharif of serious consequences for fighting for the rights of the people. Nawaz Sharif will fight the war for the people of Pakistan and he cannot be intimidated.”
A senior PML-N leader told Dawn on the request of anonymity that the timing of Mr Nisar’s interview was not right. “NA-120 election is just a week away and his (Nisar)’s comment about Maryam Bibi that she should not be compared with Benazir Bhutto as she was a great political leader could be damaging as she (Maryam) is campaigning for her mother,” he said.
He said Mr Sharif and Ms Maryam would not be happy with Chaudhry Nisar for his interview critical of them providing an opportunity to the opposition to further target them.
After the statement of Ch.Nisar and reaction from the diehards of Maryam Nawaz , it is clear that a cold war is going on between Ex-interior minister and daughter of Nawaz Sharif.
It is also evident that Ch.Nisar Ali Khan is not in favor of Maryam Nawaz to take the leadership after the lifetime disqualification of his Father Mian Muhammad Nawaaz Sharif.
Apart from this the cracks within family were also apparent after PML-N senior leadership refused to recognize Mian Shahbaz Sharif first for Premier’s slot and then for the president-ship of the party.