ISLAMABAD - Though there is no imminent threat to Federal Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan losing his privileged position in the party, a very powerful group within the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) is exerting pressure on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to intervene and force his second-in-command in the Lower House of the Parliament to at least change his ‘hostile’ tone and tenor.
Sources in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) brushed aside any move to change the portfolio of Ch Nisar in near future. However, these sources admitted that a very strong lobby within the party was working against him (Ch. Nisar) and pouring venomous propaganda against him in the ears of top party leaders.
Sources further said that on certain points even Prime Minister Sharif was seen on back foot when the opponents of Nisar came up with a list of troubles created by, what they termed, stubborn attitude of Nisar in the recent past.
Some of the ruling party MPs attributed the messing up of things in the Parliament due to the continuous absence of the Prime Minister from the Parliament and in his absence Nisar, being the senior minister, acted on behalf of the Prime Minister.
Sources said that the Prime Minister on the advice of some of his senior party leaders has decided to attend the parliamentary proceedings on regular basis and things would start improving automatically.
Sources in Pakistan People’s Party said that with every passing day Nisar was losing his acceptability among the parliamentarians only because of his rude and unbecoming behaviour with his fellow colleagues in the Parliament. These sources said that Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah would be taking up this issue with Prime Minister Sharif in coming days.
A senior parliamentarian belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf on condition of anonymity said that it was the rude attitude of Nisar which was inviting trouble otherwise there is nothing wrong with the word ‘Tamasha’ he had used while grilling the opposition on the floor of the house the other day.
He further said that it was the rude attitude on part of Nisar which led the opposition in the Upper House of the Parliament to hold a parallel session of Senate for several days outside Senate Hall and finally the matter was resolved when some doves from PML-N managed a compromise with opposition and the minister of state for interior was appointed to respond to the questions of senators about issues relating to federal interior ministry.