Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday lashed out at political opponents, reassuring his supporters that he stands opposed to those who are “secular” or “non-believing”.
He was addressing a gathering of supporters on Saturday in Chauntra, near here.
“Some political parties criticise me for raising my voice for the principles of Islam. If you are proud of being secular; of being non-believers, then I am proud of to be pro-Islam,” he remarked, inviting a round of applause from his supporters.
“I will also support all those people who, in light of their religion (Islam), are wrongly criticised or accused,” he added.
“If you go out with a beer, you are unlikely to come across good people. These days, there is no differentiation between Halal and Haraam; only money talks, power talks,” he said. Zooming out of local politics, Nisar said; “The source of terrorism is the West considering every bearded man and hijab-wearing woman as being a terrorist. Unless the West changes this attitude, there will be no control over terrorism.”
“I am a straight talker. I talk straight even with my own party leadership,” he said.
“I have been in politics for 35 years and many times, people have tried to buy me by offering me different positions. With the grace of God, I never sold out,” he passionately said.
“People these days campaigning for ‘change’; do not listen to them,” he said, referring to his political opponents.
Nisar said change could not be expected from people who have pillaged the country. While referring to PTI chief without taking his name, Nisar asked the gathering not to pay any heed to those who had come out with a slogan of bringing a big change in the country.
I have defended Pakistan wholeheartedly, the interior minister asserted.