ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan yesterday brushed asides all the speculations that he had appreciated former president and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari in a hand written note over anti-army speech.

A discussion within the political circles of the country and on the electronic as well as social media started the other day when senior journalist and TV anchor Nusrat Javed tweeted the image of the note, written by interior minister himself that he got during his interview with former president Asif Ali Zardari in the United States.

A number of people criticised interior minister what they said his Hypocritical role as politician because otherwise he is known for having pro-military thoughts besides enjoying close contacts with the military establishment.

Chaudhry Nisar Al Khan on Saturday himself had to give a statement to dispel this impression what he said that his note was written under different circumstances rather than the speculations being made by a certain section of press.

"The note being attributed to me is definitely mine. It was written at the fag end of the APC meeting held at the PM House on the issue of military courts," he said and added: "There seemed to be a political stand-off at the meeting when both Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) refused to support the constitutional amendment (aimed at establishment military courts to try terrorist)." Zardari broke the deadlock by overruling his entire party and throwing in his lot with the amendment.

Nisar said that it was not a secret that he sent this note in his own handwriting but also mentioned this publicly after the meeting to the press saying: "I praised Zardari for the first time in my life."

"To attribute this note to Zardari's anti-army speech was plain dishonesty and a pack of lies. The whole of Pakistan knows that I was the first politician to take on Asif Zardari publicly after his anti-army statement and my statement is a matter of record both in print and electronic media," he said.

The note tweeted by Nusrat Javed says, "I have to compliment you for such a brave and open stance. And I am not saying this just because I agree with you. Regard, Nisar."