FAISALABAD - Former Federal Minister for Communications and senior PML-N leader Raja Nadir Pervez has announced quitting party, citing denial of party NA ticket for the general elections.

Addressing a press conference here the other day, Raja Nadir Pervez accused that Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of stonewalling a decision on award of the party ticket to him. He alleged that Chaudhry Nisar was playing the role of Mir Sadiq and Mir Jaffar and distanced Nawaz Sharif from old loyalists. He said that he was leaving the PML-N with broken heart and pain. He said it was because of Chaudhry Nisar that Javed Hashmi left the party.

Nadir Pervez said that candidates were being asked to donate a car and give Rs15 million for the party ticket. He blamed that some people were making money in Faisalabad in return for party ticket.

He enumerated his services for the PML-N and Sharifs and said that he was one of the 18 MNAs who confronted the Q-League government in very difficult times and kept the party united. He said he was one of those who carried the coffins of Mian Sharif when people were hesitant to attend his funeral.

Raja Nadir Pervez claimed that he was victimised for inviting Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf to the walima reception of his son. He pointed out that the former president was among the six former army chiefs who were invited to the function on the basis of personal relations.

The former federal minister said he would neither join Musharraf's party nor any other and contest the elections if the people of Faisalabad wanted him to do so.

DR AQ FOR QUALITY EDUCATION: Founding father of Pakistan's nuclear programme Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has stressed the need for equipping the young generation with quality education as the country could not prosper without it.

Addressing Value Education Conference jointly organised by the Mir Khalilur Rahman Foundation and a private sector school, Dr AQ Khan said that a large number of children didn't go to school, adding desired results could not be achieved due to non-implementation of educational policies.

He said that trend of obtaining degrees and passing examinations through illegal means was increasing.

Dr Khan also criticized the rulers for what he said for fighting the US war, which he said, caused extremism in Pakistan.