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Chaudhry Nisar will not join PTI: report

PM Imran Khan reveals he met Ch Nisar Ali Khan a while ago

By Tahir Khalil
March 24, 2022
Former federal minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. -The News/File
Former federal minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. -The News/File

RAWALPINDI: Veteran politician and former federal minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will not join the PTI and maintain his independent position, it emerged Thursday.

According to Daily Jang sources, the senior politician from Rawalpindi is not going to join the ruling party while the chances of him going back to the PML-N fold have diminished.

“Nisar is also not ready to work under Bilawal Bhutto,” they said.

The development came after Prime Minister Imran Khan's statement during a press talk Wednesday that he met the estranged PML-N leader a while ago but didn't give more details in this regard.

"I have had an association with him for the last 40 years. We often hold meetings," the premier revealed, adding that Nisar will be "taking all political decisions himself."

The sources said that Imran Khan, in a meeting before the 2018 polls, had offered Ch Nisar a senior role in the party which he refused to accept.

The prime minister had also offered to make him Punjab chief minister. 

At that time, he thought that in an assembly, where the PML-N is in opposition and Hamza Shahbaz is the Leader of the Opposition, he would not be able to speak against Shahbaz Sharif and it would not be appropriate for him to be the CM on the basis of just one seat.

The former Nawaz Sharif’s aide, according to reports, has refused to join the PTI and is busy in political meetings in his hometown of Chakri. His son, Taimur Ali Khan, has also started increasing his influence in the constituency.