Ch Nisar reaches Punjab Assembly to take oath
Ch Nisar could not take oath as MPA
Former PML-N interior minister Ch Nisar Ahmad Khan who reached Punjab Assembly Monday to take oath as member of Punjab Assembly could not swear in owing to the absence of the speaker and the deputy speaker of the provincial house, reported 24NewsHD Tv Channel.
Talking to media outside the Punjab Assembly, Ch Nisar insisted that according to the rules, chairman panel could solemnize the ritual of oath-taking in case of the absence of speaker and deputy speaker of the house.
He rued the absence of speaker and deputy speaker when he had duly informed the provincial assembly secretariat beforehand regarding his intention to take oath to his office.
Ch Nisar vowed to take his case to the court in a couple of days.
Not part of any political game
He said his decision to take oath after a lapse of almost three years as a member of the provincial assembly emanated from the political expediency as the government had issued an electoral reforms ordinance which was yet to come into effect.
“The new electoral reforms ordinance once it comes into effect will bar a returning candidate from taking oath who chooses not to take oath as member of assembly within three months of his/her election. The candidate’s seat will be deemed vacant, stipulates the ordinance.”
He said he was not part of any political game.
Ch Nisar said he still stuck to his point of view. He said he won the PP-10 seat with a margin of 31,000. He wondered whether he lost his national assembly seat or the election was rigged to make him lose the NA seat.
Ch Nisar very smartly ducked the question when asked by journalists which party he would join. He retorted leave it for another time.
When Ch Nisar reached the provincial assembly, secretary assembly Muhammad Khan Bhatti took him to the assembly’s supreme chamber. Provincial Law Minister Raja Bisharat also met with Ch Nisar.
Nisar told the law minister that he came to take oath as a member of the provincial assembly. But he was informed that Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Pervaiz Elahi was officiating the duties of the acting governor and the deputy speaker could not make it to the assembly owing to some personal reasons. But Ch Nisar insisted that the panel chairman could perform his swearing-in.
On Sunday, Ch Nisar in a press statement said: “There is no change in my stance and narrative and I will not take any benefits including salary and TADA as an MPA.”
The primary purpose of taking the oath is to control the political conditions in the constituency and leaving room for others or election boycott would be a ‘big political mistake’, he maintained.
Nisar clarified neither he nor his spokesperson gave any statement in the last few days. “I decided to take the oath after consultations,” he added.