Former interior minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar said on Friday that Nawaz Sharif had been stripped of the prime minister’s seat but nobody could deprive him of his right to lead the party.
He added that he would reveal his reasons for not becoming part of the new federal cabinet in a few days.
His remarks came a few hours after President Mamnoon administered oath to 48 members of the new federal cabinet.
“Nawaz Sharif is no longer the PM, but he’ll remain the party leader and under his supervision, the PML-N will continue to grow stronger,” he said while addressing a a public gathering in Rawat.
“If you really support a leader, you should tell him the truth, which I have been doing irrespective of the outcome,” he maintained.
“A man’s strength lies in his character, not his designation.”
Nisar said the politics of mudslinging was rampant nowadays despite the crisis the country was facing. “Distinguishing between the truth and the lies has become difficult,” he added.
The former minister said the PML-N and the country needed to be pulled out from the ongoing crisis.
“The culture of flattery has destroyed governments in the country and must be brought to an end,” he remarked.
Nisar said the PML-N’s rivals had ruled the country for eight years but could not execute a single mega project. “The country embarked on new roads of development time and again under the PML-N government.”
Addressing a news conference just a day before the top court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama case, the former interior minister had said he would step down irrespective of the verdict, saying he had been kept out of the consultation process within the party.
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