Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said he will give up politics the day Supreme Court announces its verdict in the Panama Papers case.
“I will resign from the ministry and the National Assembly seat as soon as the top court issues its verdict [in the Panama Papers case],” he told reporters, as he addressed the “extremely difficult” presser of his life.
He added, “God willing Nawaz Sharif will emerge successful and I will head to the PM’s House to congratulate him, Nisar said. “I will do the same even if a decision is against him.”
The highly anticipated news conference came hours after Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif met him in Islamabad, a second meeting between the two party leaders in less than 24 hours.
Shahbaz was reportedly accompanied by other PML-N leaders including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Lamenting that he was not invited to important party meetings for the last one and a half month despite him being the senior most leader, he said: “I am not a traveller of any misguided train.”
Nisar went on to confirm that he had decided to step down from the party position a couple of days earlier. “I had decided exactly as was being speculated,” Nisar said. “It was supposed to be a short press briefing wherein I would have made public a major decision.”
The speculation of the minister’s resignation arose in the wake of the top court reserving its decision in the case relating to Sharif family’s offshore wealth.
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