PML-N says govt angry over failure of forward bloc plan

By: News Desk      Published: 11:40 AM, 31 Dec, 2020
PML-N says govt angry over failure of forward bloc plan

PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif on Thursday said the claimant in his case was [Prime Minister] Imran Khan, as an accountability court in Lahore remanded him in NAB custody till January 13, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

He was being forced to change loyalties for the last two years, Khawaja Asif said and added that the NAB was assigned the task of targeting him after his refusal.

Responding to a question where a reporter sought his comments on the arrest, he remarked that they [the government] should have accused him for more financial irregularities as Rs810 million wasn’t enough.

Khawaja noted that he had gone through the same inquiry in Rawalpindi successfully but the government reopened the matter in Lahore again.

The remarks came as former FIA DG Bashir Memon had disclosed that Imran had pressed him hard to file a case, even involving treason, against Khawaja Asif.

On the other hand, PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq echoed similar views as he told reporters outside the courtroom that the PTI government was angry because no forward bloc had emerged in the party.

Sharing the details of what actually happened recently, he said Khawaja Asif was approached a month ago and told to create a forward bloc, but he refused.

According to Ayaz, Khawaja Asif replied that his hair had turn grey after spending 30 years with and standing behind Nawaz Sharif and it was too late to switch.

When asked who had approached the arrested politician, he said Khawaja Asif would himself reveal the name at an appropriate time.   

“No [PML-N] League leader is ready to be part or head the forward bloc,” he said, adding that all the government planning about the move had failed. “Who can buy leaders like Khawaja Asif? He is a soldier of Nawaz Sharif.”

“Time doesn’t remain the same. The Imran group would be humiliated and we will emerge as triumphant,” he asserted.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman was asked about this issue on Wednesday night, to which he had stated that the 220 million people of Pakistan were Nawaz Sharif’s identity.

Earlier on Wednesday, Khawaja Asif had said some people had been trying their best to fracture the party for the last two-and-a-half years. 

Attempts were being made to weaken Nawaz Sharif; however, he and his narrative was still strong, he added as he was talking to reporters outside an accountability court in Islamabad, which later granted one-day transit remand till today (Thursday).

When asked who had told him that cases would come to an end as soon as he ditched Nawaz Sharif, the seasoned politician replied that every one of them was being asked to do so ever since the party supremo was disqualified two-and-a-half year ago.