ISLAMABAD: Former PML-N leader Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali on Saturday said that he thinks former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should allow someone else to lead the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after his disqualification, ARY News reported.
Speaking during ARY News program 11th Hour, Jamali said that Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada’s demand to let Nawaz’s younger brother Shahbaz Sharif lead the party too is not a bad option if it saves the party.
Jamali, however, refrained from supporting Pirzada’s suggestion.
Answering a question, Jamali also said that he doesn’t consider Nawaz Sharif his leader as he is years senior from the former PM and it is Nawaz Sharif who should work under him.
A few days ago, before parting ways with the ruling party, Zafarullah Jamali had suggested the president PML-N to refrain from confrontation with the institutions.
During the interview today, Jamail revealed that the ousted PM had in 1988 asked general (retd), Aslam Baig, to impose martial law. He said the deposed PM was following India for his personal business gains.
Zafarullah also said that giving license to Geo TV was his biggest mistake.
To a query, he said he got elected as an independent member of the National Assembly in 2013 and then joined the ruling party on request of Shahbaz Sharif.
“Shahbaz approached me and requested to try it (PML-N) for once,” he said.
‘I consider Bugti a martyr’
To another query, the ex-PML-N leader said that killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti during military dictator Musharraf’s era was unfair and he considers Akbar Bugti a martyr.
Jamali claimed that after the fall of Dhaka, some Baloch leaders wanted freedom for Balochistan but Akbar Bugti opposed the idea.
Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed in an operation in Balochistan’s rugged mountains of Taratani in Kohlu district on August 26, 2006.
It is pertinent to note here that during Musharraf’s era, Jamali served as prime minister from 2002 until his resignation in 2004.