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Did Pasha have a role in Nisar’s defeat?

Published Jun 04, 2013 02:05pm


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PML-N leaders Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Shahbaz Sharif. — File photo
PML-N leaders Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Shahbaz Sharif. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Ironman of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, holds former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief responsible for his defeat in Taxila’s NA-53.

In a private conversation, the PML-N’s former parliamentary leader was heard accusing the former ISI chief, Lt-Gen (retd) Ahmed Shuja Pasha, for engineering his defeat.

When approached, Nisar refused to comment on the involvement of the former ISI director general in political affairs. He, however, asserted that massive rigging took place and he had submitted complaints in that regard to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The PML-N leader has a history of hostility with the former intelligence head. He was also vocal against Pasha during the last Pakistan Peoples Party-led government and often accused him of pampering the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI).

In May 2011, Pasha was invited to brief the joint sitting of Parliament, wherein he was subjected to strong criticism by Nisar. Instead of accepting the grilling, Pasha turned the tables claiming the PML-N leader was speaking against him because he had not fulfilled one of his (Nisar’s) requests.

Political circles later asserted that in early 2011 the ambitious PML-N leader wanted to become the prime minister through an in-house change and had beseeched Pasha to force PML-Q legislators support him in that regard.

Nisar believed the owner of Bahria Town, Malik Riaz, was also investing heavily in his political rivals in NA-53 and NA-52. He, however, could not produce any evidence to the effect.

Nisar is most likely getting the important Interior Ministry and plans to bring about radical changes in the police and patwari culture in the country.

During party meetings, Nisar has vowed to go against land-grabbers which would be a Herculean task as several influential individuals and institutions are reportedly involved in usurping precious land, especially in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The writer is a freelance contributor. His Twitter handle is @shahz79


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Ijaz Jun 04, 2013 05:33pm

These PML(N) junkies dont seem to be learning enough ;)

Ali Jun 06, 2013 02:47am
radical changes in Police, Patwari and Mr. Nisar? They are the founding fathers of Thana culture for decades. how are they going to eradicate? JOKE OF THE DAY.
Abdul Qayoom Jun 05, 2013 06:24pm
There are many different between choudhry nisar and Shuja Pasha, Shuja pasha have served his life for nation and land, If Choudhry will make misconception in our force they will get out from Assembly,
Ailly Jun 05, 2013 02:03pm
Shahzad Raza the very writer of this blog does not show the courage to put my views on this board.............. how can he ? he is just like Ch Nisar in journalists rank.
ahmed Jun 05, 2013 01:09pm
@Qadri I agree with you. I think Shahbaz is a horrible manager and doesn't know there is a Punjab outside Lahore and we will see what Nisar can do. He has been very vocal and strong as opposition let us what he can do now, He doesn't need to do much to top Malik the previous occupant of the office. I think they need to just like normal people and things would be easy. Best luck to Nawaz and Co.
Asad N Jafri Jun 05, 2013 12:01pm
Picture says a thousand words. I can see major land grabber Anjum Aqeel in the background. :)
Laeeq,NY Jun 05, 2013 11:23am
They all want to work from day one. Lets see what they will do to bring this country out of this banana republic state. Before they were friendly opposition, now will be friendly government. What happend to Imran Khan, is he really sick or too embarrassed to face the winners?
Enaam E. Hanid (USA) Jun 05, 2013 04:57am
Ch. Nisar's allegations somewhat holds truth. Riaz Malik invested too much on PTI jalsas as well besides Pasha, who is now the author of new PTI.
Umer Farooq Jun 05, 2013 04:50am
Politicians never accept defeat
akhtar Jun 05, 2013 01:27am
well done Pasha if at all you have contributed to the above vowed claim . thanx for initiating the process of ridding us of, I mean the area, of this useless leach.
Laeeq,NY Jun 05, 2013 11:13am
If Pasha had invested in PTI, then why it lost and won so few seats.
Alam Zeb Khan Jun 04, 2013 04:31pm
most arrogant individual (Ch Nisar) in pak politics
Omer Irfan Kayani Jun 04, 2013 05:37pm
its equivalent of asking a cat to guard your milk
Nadeem Qadri Jun 04, 2013 05:39pm
Nawaz needs to get rid of Ch. Nisar & Shehbaz Sharif if he has to have a sustainable political career. Nisar has a big ego problem & has supported corrupt people like Aqeel Anjum. Shehbaz is just a very very bad Manager. Old management style does not bode well in these modern times.
Mustafa Razavi Jun 04, 2013 03:02pm
General Pasha turned the table around in the parliament by disclosing that the Shimshi airbase was handed over to CIA in 1992 which put all of PML-(N) on the defensive, not just Ch. Nisar., even PPP was put on the defensive for that matter.
HM, Canada Jun 04, 2013 02:53pm
PML N and MQM forget their own engineered victories. They should thank Khoso and ECP.
Asif Jun 05, 2013 08:29am
Malik Riaz sb, ki khair nahin hai ab...... :P
ali ahmed Jun 04, 2013 02:39pm
the powerful land grabbers will bribed his son in the same way like Arsalan
Salman Ahmed Jun 04, 2013 02:24pm
Ha ha ha.....this is so very funny. Ch Nisar is not exactly a well liked person....and that is the most kind way of putting it!
Anjum Khaleeq - Bannu Jun 04, 2013 02:20pm
Good Luck Mr. Chaudhry. Hope you deliver what you have promised.
touba Jun 04, 2013 01:54pm
This is totally a ridiculous argument. What has gone wrong with Dawn. Long ago, Pasha has left for Dubai. By the way Mr writer, interior is no more an important ministry. If you have little bit of constitutional know how, after 18th amendment, role of interior ministry has only been restricted to islamabad only.One more thing, Mr Nisar, is losing influence in the party. And pls management of Dawn website, don't put such, devoid of facts stories as your top stories, as we trust this media house. don't breach our trust.
Guest63 Jun 04, 2013 01:04pm
I am a registered voter in NA53 ( along with my family members , we had around 24 votes ) , being outside the country I had not chance to cast my vote as thanks to the ECP , I was not provided voting facility or rather denied my voting right (even though the CJP/SCP ordered to be given this right ) , But , Ch Nisar did not get any one vote out of my immediate family and perhaps not many out of the many hundreds of my Clan in the constituency . I do not know , how on earth DG ISI could have influenced to sway our firm 24 votes from Ch Nisar ?!? , discussing the election process with my family members , it was crystal clear , NONE will vote for this man from N-league , nor would they vote for PPP . Having said that , its an insult to the registered voters like us , that Ch Nisar could raise a finger that , we have been made to vote against him .
muzammil ullah khan Jun 04, 2013 10:27am
Since when has Nisar become the iron man ?! When Musharraf took over Nisar asked his mother to write to Musharraf not to put her son in the harm's way as he was the son of Col Fateh Khan (affectionately known as Paatay Khan ). He tried to hide behind his mother's skirts . Is that the quality of an iron man ? He is ambitious and will pose a direct threat to Nawaz in time to come . Just wait and see . It will not take more than 5 years for this man to create problems for Nawaz.