Disgruntled PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar said he had always advised Nawaz Sharif against fighting with the military and judiciary.
The former interior minister said that he remained loyal to an individual, hinting at Nawaz, for 34 years but he got nothing in return.
“All the people have left him but he still doesn’t care about my loyalty.”
Nisar has been at loggerheads with Nawaz Sharif after the former PM was ousted from his office in July last year.
The former PML-N minister had publicly criticized Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and other party leaders for their criticism of the establishment and the judiciary.
“I have decided to contest election independently and would not change my decision,” Nisar said, addressing a public gathering in Taxila on Tuesday.
“I have never applied for an election ticket,” he added. “The man who has support from the masses doesn’t need any ticket to contest elections.”
Nisar didn’t get the party ticket for the elections after he declined to formally apply for one and refused to appear before the parliamentary board.
Shehbaz Sharif, the PML-N president and Nisar’s close friend, had failed to convince Nawaz Sharif to award Nisar a ticket.
Qamarul Islam, a former MPA, was given party’s ticket to contest election from Nisar’s NA-59 constituency.
Islam was arrested by NAB on June 25 over his alleged involvement in Saaf Pani Company scam and was sent on a 14-day physical remand the next morning. His 12-year-old son will now run his election campaign.
The PML-N leaders also took a dig at his arch rival and PTI candidate Ghulam Sarwar and said he would have snatched the PTI ticket from him, if he had wanted to.
“My opponent is making tall claims in PTI’s support,” Nisar said, challenging Sarwar to contest against him as an independent candidate.