‘Aggrieved’ Chaudhry Nisar Ali, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and a former interior minister, took oath as a member of the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday, as the existing government prepares to issue an ordinance cancelling the membership of parliamentarians who have not taken the oath.
Nisar, who was elected as an independent candidate from Punjab Assembly constituency PP-10 in the 2018 general elections, swore an oath after a two-year and ten-month wait.
He was unable to take an oath on Monday due to the absence of the assembly’s speaker and deputy speaker.
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Because Pervaiz Elahi is now serving as acting Punjab governor owing to the absence of Governor Mohammad Sarwar and the deputy speaker was unavailable due to a personal engagement, the oath was administered by Interim Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari.
In an interview with the media, Chaudhry Nisar denied that he would join any political party after taking the oath, despite rumours that he will succeed in Usman Buzdar as Punjab chief minister.
He underlined that he is not involved in any political battle and that he will visit Lahore shortly to speak with the media in depth.
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He claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan should tone down his hostility toward opposition parties, emphasising the need of uniting the country rather than further separating it.