Panama Papers: Pakistan interior minister Chaudhry Nisar vows to quit politics after SC verdict
Chaudhry Nisar on Thursday vowed to quit politics and end his association with the ruling PML-N if and when the Supreme Court rules on the Panama Papers case involving Nawaz Sharif.
Islamabad: Pakistan interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday vowed to quit politics and end his association with the ruling PML-Nawaz if and when the Supreme Court rules on the Panama Papers case involving prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
"The day the Supreme Court announces its verdict, I will resign and will never fight any election (after that)," Khan said, adding he was addressing an "extremely difficult" press conference of his life.
"Someone who gave 33 years to (PML-N) cannot leave it just like that. But my 33 years worth of service seems to be reaching an end. It gives me great satisfaction that nobody believed I would leave: even my opponents wouldn't believe it," Geo TV quoted him as saying.
Khan said he was a victim of internal intrigues and for the past month and a half, "I was suddenly excluded from the PML-N meetings...I was not invited to consultative meetings".
The news conference came hours after Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, the beleaguered prime minister's brother met Khan in Islamabad, a second meeting between the two party leaders in less than 24 hours.
Shahbaz Sharif was reportedly accompanied by other PML-N leaders including finance minister Ishaq Dar, railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
"I was told by senior leaders not to do this press conference. I told them I had to," said the minister.
Pakistan's top court has reserved its verdict in the case relating to the Sharif family's alleged illegal offshore wealth revealed by the Panama Papers. The Sharif family has denied any wrongdoing.
This comes after the bench took serious note of the fact that the son took his mother who is also virtually immobile to a registrar's office in Motihari, Bihar, to get her thumb impression to allegedly sell off her properties worth Rs 2 crore
Her comment came a day after Supreme Court in a landmark order put on hold the controversial sedition law till the Centre completes a promised review of the colonial relic and also asked the central and state governments not to register any fresh case invoking the act
The colonial-era sedition law has been invoked against the likes of author Arundhati Roy, student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, and cartoonist Aseem Trivedi among others