Nisar’s clarification

FORMER interior minister and PML (N) stalwart Ch. Nisar Ali Khan has once again rubbished reports of his own differences with the party or formation of a forward block in PML (N). Addressing a public meeting at his constituency in Kallar Syedan on Saturday, he criticised his political opponents for spreading such rumours and maintained that opponent’s wish to see a divided PML-N will never be fulfilled and that the party will compete the general elections in 2018 with full strength.
The categorical statement of Ch. Nisar and that too while addressing his voters and supporters carries significance and must be reassuring for the entire party, which is subdued these days for understandable reasons. Finding that the party stands united in the backdrop of fall out of Panama Papers case, opponents of PML (N) have mounted a full-scale propaganda campaign aimed at undermining strength of the party that is ready to contest the next general elections on the basis of its performance and delivery of service to the people. Some remarks of Ch. Nisar Ali Khan are presented out of context and interpreted as serious differences that could lead to formation of a separate block in the party. They are openly propagating about presence of Shahbaz Sharif and Nisar block in the party despite repeated clarifications by former interior minister that he can never ditch the party. Likes of Sheikh Rashid, in their frustration, have gone to the extent of tweeting that Mian Nawaz Sharif spoke to someone against his own brother, which is unimaginable. Similarly, Sharif family has always demonstrated unity that is its real strength but some circles are continuously engaged in propaganda that there are serious differences in the family over leadership of the party. Neutral political observers say that at the moment only PML (N) is in a position to bag enough seats in the next general elections to form an independent government. This is because the party has something concrete to show to the electorate while other parties are indulging in mere rhetoric. Therefore, it is in the interest of PML (N) leaders and workers to stay united, avoid confrontation and instead prepare plans and programmes that could attract more and more people and force others to follow the suit.

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