ISLAMABAD  - The chances of disgruntled Ch Nisar Ali Khan of getting PML-N ticket further shrink as instead of complying with the party’s discipline he hit back at the leadership and termed the whole exercise a ‘ploy’ to deny him the ticket.

Sources in the party confirmed to The Nation that PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif was in no mood to grant the ticket to Nisar and that was the reason the procedure of securing ticket right from application to interview before the Parliamentary Board is made mandatory for all. Even PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif was made to appear before the board for interview.

Senior party leaders with longstanding association with PML-N informed The Nation requesting anonymity that in the past they had not seen such strictness in this connection and most of the senior party leaders did not appear before the board and no formal applications on their part were moved for the purpose.

One of them recalled that in so many cases Nawaz Sharif used his discretionary powers to grant someone party ticket without taking the board or key party leaders into confidence.

He referred to the case of Senator Ch Tanvir Khan who had neither applied for getting party ticket for Senate elections nor he appeared before the Parliamentary Board which had interviewed aspirants for party ticket for Senate elections held in March 2015 but when the final list of candidates was prepared and submitted to Nawaz Sharif with recommendations he put the name of Ch Tanvir on top of the list with his own pen.

The sources in the party informed that a strong lobby within the PML-N wanted ouster of Nisar and these people close to Nawaz Sharif have even crippled Shehbaz Sharif who despite all his efforts failed to get favour for Nisar.

That lobby was so powerful that they made Shehbaz appear before the Parliamentary Board for interview to make all options closed for Nisar who had earlier announced that he would neither apply for party ticket nor would appear before the Parliamentary Board for interview, as he had never done it in the past.

PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid, who came in direct conflict with Nisar and traded war of words with him, said, “Nobody is above party discipline, only those who would appear before the parliamentary board will be considered for the party ticket.”

He further said that party’s stalwarts like Kh. Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Baleeghur Rehman, Hamza Shehbaz, Maryam Nawaz and even party president Shehbaz Sharif had appeared before the Parliamentary Board for interview.

The sources said that all this arrangement was made to keep Ch. Nisar out as the anti-Nisar lobby knew it well that he (Nisar) is a man of words and would never backtrack from his stance of not applying for the ticket and would not appear before the Parliamentary Board for interview.

The sources in the party informed that party president Shehbaz Sharif had tried his best to convince Nisar but he was not ready to appear before the Parliamentary Board for interview saying that it was not the practice in the past and he and many other senior party leaders had been issued party ticket without interview or any formal interview.

The statement issued by Ch Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday gave a clear indication that he would no longer go along PML-N as he termed the whole exercise of taking formal applications and interviews from all those seeking party tickets a ploy to keep him at bay.

He reiterated that he is neither applicant of party ticket nor dependent on it and advised the party high-ups sitting in Jati Umra neither make themselves a laughing stock nor insult him (Nisar) by their childish moves.

He questioned that whether this remained a practice in the past to award tickets to the party veterans adding that after recovering from his illness he would reflect upon all this in detail.