ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Thursday announced he will resign from the ministry and quit politics on the day the Supreme Court announces its verdict on Panamagate case “be it for the party or against it.”
The highly anticipated news conference Thursday came hours after Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif met him in Islamabad, a second meeting between the two party leaders in less than 24 hours.
CM Shahbaz was reportedly accompanied by other PML-N leaders including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
“Given the amount of speculation it generated, this press conference had become a big problem for me,” he started.
“This is the most difficult press conference I’ve ever hosted,” he said. “I’m sorry but I will not be able to take questions after this.”
“I want to clarify a lot of things because of rumors. I want to talk about the situation vis-a-vis the Panamagate case,” he said.
“People said I’d missed the train. I don’t just get on any train,” Nisar said during Thursday’s press conference. “I’ve been a victim of internal intrigues.”
Nisar went on to confirm that he had decided to step down from the party position a couple of days earlier. “I had decided exactly as was being speculated,” Nisar said. “It was supposed to be a very short press briefing wherein I would have made public a major decision.”
“All my life, I’ve spoken the truth to Nawaz Sharif. There’s never been duplicity in my intentions. My role was the same as the whisperers who would tell Caesar: ‘Caesar you’re human’.”
“It pains me to say this, but when the PML-N faced its most difficult challenge, there was a conspiracy to remove me from the consultative process.”