ISLAMABAD: Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan made constant contact with Imran Khan in August 2014 when he entered the federal capital by leading the long march and occupying the D-Chowk Red Zone to sit. The protest participants sat storming the Prime Minister’s Building, the Parliament Building, the Pakistan Secretariat and the PTV headquarters, blocking the way to the Supreme Court, acting shamefully and attacking police officers. Well-placed political sources told The News / Jang here Tuesday that it was unfair to blame Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for his actions. It is common knowledge that Nisar and PTI Chairman Imran Khan are close friends because they are classmates at Aitcheson College and are members of the college cricket team. Chaudhry is a close political associate of former prime minister and Quaid of PML-N Nawaz Sharif, but he does not like Khan’s political approach. He was offered to join the PTI several times, but at every opportunity, he flatly refused. The sources reminded that it was Nisar who brought Nawaz Sharif to the Banigala residence after being elected prime minister for the third time. The sources reminded that Imran Khan announced a long march against the Nawaz Sharif government after several weeks of reference to allegations of rigging the election and that shocked the government. Nisar established contact with Khan and tried to ascertain the reasons behind Khan’s sudden decision to destroy the government. Nisar was given freedom by the prime minister to handle the situation, but he gave direction to the prime minister on a regular basis. Nisar went to his seat to visit security personnel during the days when it was peak and no participants objected to his presence among them. At a time when Nisar was severely criticized in the party for his act / inaction about sitting down, he offered to stop but Nawaz Sharif asked him to continue because he had
trust him. There are reports that Nisar has more than one-on-one meetings with Imran during his sitting days. Nisar never confirmed that. Once again, after the sacking of Nawaz Sharif from the government, Nisar was part of the lobby who insisted that Nawaz Sharif should not proceed to Lahore from Islamabad on GT Road instead of taking Motorways.