Aitzaz Ahsan and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan face to face

Aitzaz Ahsan and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan face to face

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader, Aitzaz Ahsan today thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for apologizing over Chaudhry Nisar’s remarks as reported by Online.

“I’m thankful to the Prime Minister for expressing his sympathies to me and apologizing over the words used against me by a minister of his cabinet,” Aitzaz said. “For how long will you apologize on behalf of those who have already abandoned you?” he questioned.

Unleashing a furious outburst at Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan on Thursday urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to reshuffle his cabinet once the ongoing crisis ends.

The premier, during his address to the Parliament, apologised to Ahsan on behalf of Nisar who had accused him of land grabbing and acquiring LPG quota without following the rules.

However, PM’s apology seemed not enough for Ahsan as he lashed out at the leaders of PML-N for not having the resolve and the temperament of being in power.

He stated that the PM should not defend those who were responsible for putting the government and the democracy in this precarious situation. He even called on the PM to reshuffle his cabinet once the current crisis subsides because he believed the cabinet ministers had no idea how to respond to Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri until the opposition parties decided to stand with the government.

The PPP leader further threatened that if he decides to walk out of the Parliament, the whole opposition would follow. “You will be only left with Mehmood Achakzai,” he joked, adding that he would not do that as he stands with the prime minister in these difficult times.

The veteran parliamentarian reminded other members of the house that he had always been under scrutiny by various accountability departments since he had been a vocal opposition member. He stressed that the accusations against him were baseless and an attempt to malign his reputation.

Ahsan also boasted about his role in the movement to restore the former chief justice and that he had always supported democratic regimes and norms. He stated that no one should be mistaken about the position of his party and that they will continue to support this democratic setup.

He angrily addressed the PML-N leaders and told them not to stare at him while he was refuting Nisar’s claims. “This is my right and I’m not scared of you,” he said, pointing at Nisar who was sitting next to the premier. The interior minister wanted to interrupt but was stopped by PM Nawaz, while PML-N leader Tehmina Daultana walked to Ahsan and asked him to keep the issue aside.