Pakistan: Ex-interior minister Nisar chides FM Khawaja Asif for 'embarrassing' nation

ANI | Updated: Sep 17, 2017 11:42 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], September 17 (ANI): The differences within the ruling Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz">Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) party came to light, when the ex-interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali came down heavily on Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's for 'embarrassing' the country with his 'irresponsible statements on fight against terrorism.'

Chaudhry Nisar's statement came in the light of Khawaja Asif's remark in which he said that Pakistan should first fix the matters of their "own house" in order to avoid embarrassment at the international level, reported the Express Tribune.

Asif said this in a television interview, while referring to the criticism of Pakistan by the United States in its role in the fight against terrorism.

Chaudhry Nisar asserted that people in power should not just issue statements, but rather strive to find solutions to issues.

"The main reason for this [international] criticism is that we ourselves are in the habit of ridiculing and humiliating our country with our statements and attitudes. We provide foreign powers an opportunity to blame us for their own failures," Nisar said.

He even added that the country should not be made a spectacle for the enemy to take advantage.

Nisar's spokesperson said that it was quite strange that the army chief and foreign and interior ministers have different view on the issue of terrorism.

"These two persons are ministers since past four and a half years. Have they ever spoken before the cabinet meeting or during National Security Committee meeting over this issue?," the spokesperson said.

"If the minister sees any weakness or shortcoming, he should take remedial measures or raise the issue before the cabinet or the National Security Committee. The ministers should come up with solutions and not make mere statements," he added. (ANI)