Islamabad/KARACHI -  The ruling PML-N has distanced itself from its senator’s fiery statement against former Sindh governor Ishratul Ebad, saying ‘last symbol of terror' has been removed from the Governor House.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Nehal Hashmi yesterday said “Era of those who didn’t accept Pakistan has ended. These people took over this place 14 years ago during Musharraf’s rule.”

The senator was talking to reporters outside the Governor House in Karachi after former chief justice of Pakistan Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui took oath as the Sindh governor, replacing Ishratul Ebad.

“Today the last sign of terror has been removed from this building and the true symbol of democracy and constitution is present here now,” he added.

The PML-N leader said this day marked the end of Altaf Hussain and an era of those who never recognised Pakistan.

He dubbed the outgoing governor a “product of a dictatorship”, saying that during Musharraf’s dictatorship terrorism and targeted killings were promoted in the city.

Hashmi questioned as to why the provincial government let the former governor leave the country, claiming that he was wanted in many cases of heinous nature.

Ex-governor Ishratul Ebad became controversial after Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Mustafa Kamal hurled several accusations at him during a press conference in Karachi.

EBAD REBUFFS ALLEGATIONS: Ishratul Ebad rebuffed the allegations of PML-N’s Nehal Hashmi, questioning why the senator used to meet him when he was serving as the governor of the province.

Ebad said he didn’t know what wrong he had done to the senator, questioning why Nehal Hashmi used to meet him if he was involved in criminal cases. He thanked the federal government for terming the senator’s statement his personal views.

In a statement issued in Islamabad hours later, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb clarified that PML-N Senator Nehal Hashmi`s statement about the former governor Sindh did not reflect the stance of the ruling party.

She said Nehal Hashmi had expressed his individual opinion.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government believed in freedom of expression and efforts would continue to maintain it.

She said that during her visit to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (Pemra).

Ebad leaves for Dubai: Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan left Pakistan and flew to Dubai a day after he was removed from the top constitutional position of the province.

Reports said the former Sindh governor travelled to Dubai via a private airline flight from Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport in the wee hours of Friday.

Ebad said he seeks apology if he has hurt anyone. He thanked all political parties, business community and civil society for supporting him a lot.

Ebad hoped the Karachi operation will continue until the last terrorist is finished.