Cannot accept Maryam as political leader: Ch Nisar

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NC Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has said that he views Maryam as his friend’s daughter but can’t accept her as a political leader.  In an interview to a private TV channel yesterday, he said he was certain that he can continue to peacefully coexist with both Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Shehbaz, in the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N). “I was repeatedly offered a position in the newly formed Cabinet but I declined the proposition,” he said.  “I am the senior-most member of the PML-N after Nawaz and was many times given the option to become the prime minister but I don’t have any interest in designations,” he said, adding that he doesn’t have the temperament or tendency to make the kind of ‘compromises’ required for the job. Responding to a question about his friendship with the PTI Chairman Imran Khan, he said he has never unduly favoured PTI or Imran.  “I was never included in the consultations about allowing the PTI to enter the red zone,” he said. “It was a decision taken by the government which added to my differences with the party.”  When inquired about his opinion on the restoration of the sanctity of the vote, he said he firmly stands with Nawaz on this stance. However, he also said he didn’t agree with the approach that the PML-N and former prime minister has taken to do so.  “Governance only, and not confrontation with the institutions, can restore the sanctity of the vote,” Nisar insisted, citing the example of the Turkish president who gained the public’s support on the basis of performance.   He voiced his strong protest on the Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif’s statement — in response to the BRICS declaration — that Pakistan has made some mistakes in the past. Talking about the civil-military relationship in Pakistan, he opined that mutual consultations can improve relations between the forces and civilian government.

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