LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said that he had friendly relations with Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, however, regretted that the two of them have dissociated with each other.
In a media interview Shehbaz Sharif said that he had convinced Nawaz Sharif for awarding ticket to Nisar, but it could not happen because of issuance of statements from both sides.
“I have had an affiliation with Chaudhry Nisar and I won’t issue statements on that throughout my life,” he said.
The former Punjab CM also said that the party has chosen him for premiership and if they won the elections, then he would be the prime minister.
He denied allegations of lending any form of support to Reham Khan for her upcoming book which has stirred controversy.
“I am neither behind Reham’s book nor gave her a single penny for it directly or indirectly,” Shehbaz said.
Met Reham only once when she wasn’t married to Imran, says Shehbaz
The PML-N president further said, “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has alleged that I am behind Reham’s book but I give no value to his allegation.”
“I only met her once when she interviewed me during the 2014 sit-ins and never after that,” the former Punjab chief minister said.
Speaking about the allegations levelled against him by the PTI chairman, Shehbaz said, “Khan Sahib said I gave Rs27 billion to Reham for the book through an alleged front man Javed Sadiq.”
“The second allegation he has levelled against me is that I offered him Rs10 billion to stay mum on the Panama Papers case,” he continued.
“Imran’s third allegation against me is that I took Rs1-2 billion in commission in Multan Metro Bus project through partnership with a Chinese company,” the former Punjab chief minister said.
Shehbaz upheld that he sent notices to Imran following each allegation.
“However, he never replied to me after which I even went to court and neither he nor his counsel ever appeared for any of the cases,” he asserted.