There will “definitely” be a change in Punjab, says defence minister
Khawaja Asif, senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and minister of defence, on Monday ruled out the notion of sharing power in Punjab with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q). He stated, “God forbid, Parvez Elahi becomes our buddy.”
Speaking to reporters in Lahore, the minister declared that there will “certainly” be a change in Punjab but refuted any ties between his party and Chief Minister Parvez Elahi. “Imran Khan’s purported dacoit needs to be caught,”
Asif responded to a query by saying, “I don’t know anything about the power-sharing formula. Why can’t Elahi cast the vote of confidence if he has enough support?
The opposition and allies — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) — have been at odds with one another for the past few months, causing fluctuations in Punjab’s political climate.
The PTI, after consulting with the party’s legal brains, has reportedly decided not to take a vote of confidence during the Punjab Assembly session on January 9. It intended to ask the court for a ruling.
Elahi, the chief minister of Punjab, has also declined to accept the vote of confidence. In addition, a PTI dissident lawmaker named Nasir Khan Musazai reported that the Punjab chief minister is opposed to dissolving the legislature after his guest house was attacked with a hand grenade yesterday night.
In response to a query about voting, Asif reaffirmed that the time will come for elections.
Slamming Defense Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan expressed disappointment over the PTI leader’s exposure.
Because they frequently join new groups when the graph of a party goes down, people are “seeking other parties and new shelters for themselves,” according to Khawaja Asif.
The dissident PTI members are reportedly in the process of starting talks to establish a new political party.
Several renowned leaders from Central and South Punjab are reportedly planning to join the new party. According to them, Jahangir Tareen, Aleem Khan, and members of the Chaudhry Sarwar group are being contacted.
However, Awn Chaudhry and Aleem dismissed reports of forming a new political party.
Speaking with journalists, Asif also commented on PML-N’s internal party politics with regard to Maryam Nawaz being designated as its senior vice president.
“It was a good [decision] to appoint Maryam as the party organiser,” he said, informing that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s return is not conditioned to anything.
It was earlier reported that some senior party leaders are “upset” with the decision.
A senior PML-N leader told The News, on condition of anonymity, that “this decision is undemocratic and is aimed at furthering the Sharifs’ political dynasty”. He revealed that hardly any senior leader outside the Sharif family was consulted before making the decision.