Estranged PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar on Sunday doubled down on his stance that he has not asked for a party ticket in his 35-year political career and does not intend to do so in the future either.
In a strongly-worded statement, the former interior minister hit out at demands from some PML-N leaders that he appear before the party’s parliamentary board to qualify for a ticket.
“I don’t know why ridiculous dramas are being staged as an excuse to not award me a ticket,” Nisar said in the rejoinder. “As I have previously said, I neither expect their [PML-N] ticket nor do I need it.”
He then addressed “the residents of Jati Umra”, the residence of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, saying they should not “ridicule themselves through childish acts or try to mock me”.
Rubbishing the suggestion that he should apply for a party ticket and then appear before the parliamentary board, he rhetorically asked: “Has it ever happened [in the past] that the party’s senior-most members who have been elected multiple times appear before the board and sit in an interview for the ticket?”
Nisar said he will “openly express” his opinion on the entire matter once he recovers from his illness.
The PML-N stalwart’s onslaught against his party comes a day after former federal information minister Pervaiz Rashid said only those will be considered for award of party tickets who have formally applied for it and are appearing before the board.
Nisar has not yet applied for the party ticket, while the board is set to interview Rawalpindi division candidates on Monday.
Meanwhile, in what could be seen as a taunt directed at Nisar, Maryam Nawaz uploaded a video showing PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif appearing before the parliamentary board to qualify for a party ticket.