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    Tuesday, 16 January 2018

    Chaudhry Nisar hits back at 'habitual sycophant' Pervaiz Rasheed

    Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday criticised fellow PML-N politician Pervaiz Rahseed some more as the war of words, which had started over the weekend with the latter's provocation in a TV interview, refused to die down.
    "Pervaiz Rasheed is continuously giving wrong statements and is a habitual sycophant," Nisar was quoted as saying by his spokesperson. "These are the only two specialties which make him PML-N's Aristotle."
    Rasheed had claimed that Nisar never won an election without PML-N's banner — a statement Nisar completely disagreed with, as his spokesperson explained: "Chaudhry Nisar contested the provincial elections of 1985, 1988 and 1990 without PML-N's electoral symbol of lion, and by the grace of Allah, he won."
    Nisar's spokesperson also said that the Dawn Leaks committee in its report accused Rasheed of continuously lying and held him responsible for hiding the facts.
    He advised Rasheed that instead of making unnecessary public statements, he should urge his government to make the Dawn Leaks report public so that the nation could know the truth.
    The two PML-N stalwarts have very rarely seen eye to eye but the recent round of their verbal spat began when Rasheed, over the weekend, called on Nisar to “leave the party”, since he had spoken against it in times of crisis.
    He had also accused Nisar of having him “sacked in order to please someone”, a thinly veiled reference to the military establishment.
    “If Chaudhry Nisar is a man of principles, he should leave the PML-N. I will speak to the party leadership about a decision in this regard,” Senator Pervaiz Rashid had told a private TV channel.
    A war of words that broke out between two former members of Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet heated up on Monday, when Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan accused the former information minister of playing a role in the leak of information last year, about a secret meeting between top civilian and military officials, which led to the news report controversy.
    A day earlier, Pervaiz Ras­hid had called on the former interior minister to “leave the party”, since he had spoken against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in times of crisis. He had accused the mercurial former interior minister of having him “sacked in order to please someone”, a thinly-veiled reference to the military establishment.
    “If Chaudhry Nisar is a man of principles, he should leave the PML-N. I will speak to the party leadership about a decision in this regard,” Senator Pervaiz Rashid had told a private TV channel.
    In a statement issued through his spokesperson on Monday, Chaudhry Nisar termed the former information minister’s statement “ridiculous”, saying that it came from a person who only had a modest association with the PML-N and had spent his life in a different party — a reference to Mr Rashid’s time in the Pakistan Peoples Party.“It is quite surprising that a person who has never contested the election for a councillor’s seat... has self-ass­um­ed the role of a top party leader. It would be appropriate for PML-N president Mian Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to order that the …leak report be made public so that the mischief of the concerned person is known to all,” he said.
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