Nisar failed in his plan to become prime minister, says Bilawal

Published: June 2, 2016
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Pakistan Peoples Party's Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan Peoples Party's Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has failed in his plan to become prime minister of the country.

“Chaudhry Nisar’s campaign to become PM is not going as well as planned and he is getting frustrated,” Bilawal said in a message posted on micro-blogging website Twitter.

The PPP chairman further said it was inappropriate to take advantage of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s illness in such a way. “Poor form taking advantage of PM’s illness like this.”

‘Absence’ of Nawaz Sharif leaves PML-N in the lurch

Bilawal’s remarks coincided with PM Nawaz’s successful open heart surgery in London where he is likely to remain hospitalised for a whole week after the procedure. The premier has travelled to London for medical treatment several times over the past year and was accompanied on this trip by his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who is chief minister of Punjab, and several other family members.

PM Nawaz’s surgery comes as his government prepares to present its annual budget on Friday. It also remains under pressure over allegations of corruption linked to the so-called Panama Papers.

Nawaz, 66, was prime minister for two terms in the 1990s before being overthrown in a 1999 military coup. After years in exile, he returned to Pakistan in 2007 and led his party to a victory in a 2013 election.

Earlier, sources said either Finance Minister Ishaq Dar or Nisar will look after government affairs in PM’s absence. Experts said an acting prime minister cannot be appointed as the Constitution does not give any provision for that.

PM undergoes successful open heart surgery

The federal cabinet will carry on the government affairs collectively as the Article 90 Section 2 of the Constitution says the PM is entitled to exercise his power directly or through a federal minister. The federal minister, appointed by him, can chair the federal cabinet’s meetings. However, if the prime minister’s illness protracts then the federal budget for 1016-17 may get delayed.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Habibullah
    Jun 2, 2016 - 1:46PM

    Don’t know why NS doesn’t sack Nisar. He will stab the PM in the back if he gets the smallest chance.Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2016 - 2:20PM

    Choudhary Nisar is working for Army. Nawaz sharif appointed Musharaf as Chief of Army Staff on Nisar advice. and because of this our nation suffered for 10 years.Recommend

  • Nikki
    Jun 2, 2016 - 2:43PM

    This man speak non-sense on the wrong time.
    The ugly face of Pakistan’s politics will be started the day he would be appeared in the National Assembly in 2018

    God Bless PakistanRecommend

  • Abdullah
    Jun 2, 2016 - 3:36PM

    Non-serious non-state actor…Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Jun 2, 2016 - 4:32PM

    Junior Zardari may sound ridiculous almost all the time

    BUT

    he is shrewd enough to never

    utter a single word against

    corruption and the corrupt. Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Jun 2, 2016 - 7:51PM

    @Shahid Akram:

    The nation was better off under Mush, for a start no fake democrats ripping off the country and buying flats in London.Recommend

  • Double Standards
    Jun 2, 2016 - 9:14PM

    Why should Bilawal Zardari care as long as he gets a replacement for the PM whose resignation he has demanded.Recommend

  • Nisar on Nisar
    Jun 2, 2016 - 9:39PM

    Nisar is a very capable politician. He deals well with the military and if anything happens to NS, he is the best person to lead in his place from the PMLN. He is erudite, savvy, knows administration, has good education, and one of the most capable on the horizon. He is a take-charge-guy. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 3, 2016 - 12:17AM

    Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is immature in his actions. He doesn’t know what he is saying most of the time. He hasn’t even ever given an interview on live TV. He hasn’t lived in our country for most of his life. He is a kid and has had never any responsibility for other persons. He is not even married. Recommend

  • Asadullah Mahmood
    Jun 3, 2016 - 2:23AM

    “The PPP chairman further said it was inappropriate to take advantage of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s illness in such a way. “Poor form taking advantage of PM’s illness like this.”
    When and how did Bilawal become a sympathizer of Nawaz Sharif? Was not he calling for his resignation earlier, especially in view of the Panama leaks?
    Anyway, neither Bilawal nor Imran Khan in any foreseeable future have a chance to become the Prime Minister of the country. So just chill for now.Recommend

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