Karachi - Sindh Minister for Industries and Trade Manzoor Hussain Wasan on Tuesday predicted that Chaudhry Nisar would not remain interior minister of the country in 2017.

Addressing a press conference here at his office after meeting a delegation of Board of Directors of Sindh Small Industries, Wasan said that Nisar and political parties blamed PPP for corruption, but first they should identify corrupt elements in their own ranks.

He said that Panama leaks would continue to haunt Nawaz Sharif in 2017, and Pakistan People’s Party would remain in the hunt for more facts and figures related to the case. “We do not want to derail democracy as we have given sacrifices for its restoration, but Nawaz Sharif could land himself in trouble due to this case in 2017,” he said.

He also predicted that opposition parties would be together on a single platform after the return of Asif Ali Zardari from Dubai, and that 2017 would be the election year. Wasan also claimed that PPP would gain more seats from across the country in the elections.

Responding to amendments in Minorities Protection Bill, the minister said that the provincial government would remove the apprehensions of religious parties over the bill, and any amendments could also be made in this regard.

Replying to the question about sending the Sindh IG on forced leave, Wasan said that he was not aware of it and it was the responsibility of the federal government to make appointments for the slots of Sindh IG and chief secretary.

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Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister’s Adviser on Information Maula Bux Chandio, in reaction to a press conference addressed by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has said that his criticism of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is inappropriate and out of context.

“In fact, the federal minister is in a great hurry to divert the attention of masses from the questions he is unable to answer,” he said, and added, “Nisar is rather trying to shift the focus of people away from the countrywide criticism of his statements.”

He added it was a fact that PPP, under the leadership of young Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, had emerged as the only opposition party that was holding the federal government and its interior minister accountable for their misleading and damaging stances, which the country could not afford.

Chandio further said that there was nothing new in his press conference and that he should not waste his time on useless matters. “Nisar better review the positions he took on various issues in the past and focus on his performance,” adviser to CM counseled.

“No matter what the federal minister is doing, he can’t help the accused in the Panamagate to hide or escape,” he warned. He boasted that it was now fully established that the PML-N was afraid of Bilawal as a real opposition. Furthermore, Bilawal House spokesman also sharply reacted to the scathing remarks by Interior Minister Ch Nisar against PPP leadership, and accused him of adopting the role of a ‘Brahman’ in Pakistani politics.

“Two laws in one country are accepted under Brahman’s rule only, and Nisar and the people behind him are trying to impose two separate laws for themselves and the PPP leadership,” the spokesman stated.

He said that Nisar was unsuccessfully trying to pose as if he was the only human on earth who was an angel notwithstanding the fact that even his own friends described him as ‘Chori Nisar’ for a reason. The spokesman stressed that before wearing the cloak of honesty, Nisar should explain the difference between his and his grandfather’s assets. “Before commenting on PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Nisar should bring back his family and the billions amassed abroad,” the spokesman concluded.