ISLAMABAD- It seems the bad patch for the ruling PML-N is still not over as it is now caught up in a new controversy with the main opposition party Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is not ready to calm down even after the intervention of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

At a time when the government is struggling hard to come out of the political crisis as a result of the sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), none other than a key cabinet minister and once close confidant of Nawaz Sharif has become an irritant for the government.

Soon after Leader of the Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan delivered a hard-hitting speech in the joint sitting of the Parliament in response to the interior minister’ allegations the other day, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced that he would respond to the remarks of Aitzaz Ahsan.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, while talking to reporters at his chamber, said if anyone tried to damage his reputation, he would retaliate. He said he did not answer these allegations in the joint sitting as the prime minister stopped him from doing so; now he would hold a press conference today (Saturday).

The Ministry of Interior immediately Friday afternoon issued a statement, announcing  Nisar Ali Khan would hold a press conference today (Saturday) at 11am at Punjab House.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held hours-long meeting with Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan to calm him down, but the government sources said the minister was not ready to cancel his press conference.

The premier tried to convince him that his press conference would prove very harmful at the moment as this would increase distance between the government and the opposition that stood by the government in the present political turmoil in the country.

Though no official word came from the Prime Minister’s Office over the meeting between the prime minister and Chaudhry Nisar, the PML-N sources said efforts were underway to convince the minister on the issue. They further said despite efforts of the PM and other party leaders, Nisar was not ready to withdraw his decision of holding a press conference against Aitzaz Ahsan. Press Secretary to PM Mohyuddin Wani said he had no idea about the outcome of the meeting.

The PM has again called the interior minister at 10am on Saturday for a meeting at which he will again try to convince him to cancel the press conference.

Since the beginning of the present political crisis in the country, the opposition has been asking the prime minister that his cabinet members are using harsh language against the opponents and they should be advised not to do so.

Some months ago Chauhdry Nisar developed differences with the prime minister because of grouping within the ruling PML-N, however, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif played a key role in convincing him to resume his work as the interior minister.