May 25, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Chaudhry Nisar announced Friday he will be contesting general elections 2018 from four different constituencies in Punjab, 2 for the the National Assembly and 2 for the Provincial.
Upon being questioned whether he thinks Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will be the country’s next prime minister, Nisar said: “I don’t know, what do you think?”
In a possible reference to PML-N lawmakers who jumped ship to join PTI during the past few months, Nisar said it is not necessary that those who have joined Tehreek-e-insaf will succeed in elections. “Every party has its own electables,” Nisar said during an informal talk with journalists in capital Islamabad.
The former federal Interior Minister (2013 to 2017) said former Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani is the first priority and is likely to be appointed as the caretaker PM.
“There is no doubt that the matter of the caretaker PM will be considered by the parliamentary committee. Tassaduq Hussain Jillani will most likely be appointed as caretaker PM,” Nisar said.
Nisar added that 95 percent of the PML-N members second his stance on ongoing issues within the party, but “there is no one to implement it.”
Nisar has major reservations regarding his party’s policies on major issues and party’s internal matters but has not left the ruling party.
Earlier this month, Nawaz Sharif, in a series of rallies, had claimed that the PML-N will be up against ‘hidden forces’ and ‘celestial beings’ in the upcoming general elections.
Nisar had expressed his displeasure at those comments, advising the former prime minister to break free from the ranks of the “sycophants” around him.
“I have always shouldered the political burden of Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N, but I am not the kind who carries the water for someone,” Nisar had said at a press conference earlier this month in which he had also discussed Khan’s public invitation to him to jump ship and join his party.
“I am grateful to Imran Khan and other senior PTI leaders for inviting me,” he said. “It is an honor for me. It is probably due to whatever stature I have in politics. I thank them for that.
“But as of right now I am in a party; but I will not remain in a party where there is no freedom of speech,” he said.