Sticking to his decision to stay away from President Asif Ali Zardari for his frequent breach of solemn agreements, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan did not attend a historic ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in connection with the signing of the 18th Amendment into law on Monday. According to his schedule decided earlier, Chaudhry Nisar was visiting his Rawalpindi constituency precisely at the time of this event and held an open Kutchery at Pir Bungla to listen to the problems of the area people, a source told The News. The opposition leader was not available for comments. Chaudhry Nisar has been busy in his constituency for the past three days and has inaugurated different development projects. Nawaz Sharif, who was specially invited by President Zardari, and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were present at the Aiwan-e-Sadr function.
Over six months back on October 25, 2009, Chaudhry Nisar had refused to accompany a PML-N delegation, led by Nawaz Sharif, to the Presidency, which had held a dinner meeting with Zardari and discussed a host of issues. Despite insistence of his party leadership, he had then declined to see the president, saying that he would not meet a person, who did not honour the commitments and agreements made with the PML-N and other political parties. The dinner meeting was held just two days before US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Islamabad. At the time, the opposition leader had told this correspondent that it was unfortunate that Zardari and his associates refuse to budge from hackneyed and failed strategies of using these meetings as a facade to get a new flicker of life to their continuously diminishing credibility and governance. On the other hand, the opposition leader has always been part of the PML-N delegations that have been holding talks with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. Besides, he also interacts with him inside the National Assembly when it is in session.
By: The News