–Rumours of rift between ruling PTI and its coalition partner PML-Q ‘out of context’, says Naeemul Haq
ISLAMABAD: Amid a recent rift between the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its coalition partner Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) over certain disagreements in Punjab province, the latter’s leadership held a consultative meeting of the party on Monday where political and economic situation of the country came under discussion.
PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat chaired the meeting at his Islamabad residence as every member expressed views with regard to the resignation of Punjab Minerals Minister Hafiz Ammar Yasir.
Members of the parliamentary party reportedly expressed concerns over the ‘negative’ attitude of the present provincial and federal government in their respective constituencies and apprised party leadership, including Shujaat and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, of their reservations.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) MPA Mufti Obaidur Rehman also attended the meeting and apprised Shujaat about the political affairs of the province.
The meeting was attended by Punjab Assembly Speaker Ch Parvez Elahi, Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA Moonis Elahi, Ch Salik Hussain, Ch Hussain Elahi and Mrs Farrukh Khan, Provincial Minerals Minister Hafiz Ammar Yasir, Chaudhry Shujaat Nawaz Ajnala, Sajid Ali Bhatti, Ehsanul Haq, Muhammad Rizwan, Dr Muhammad Afzal, Muhammad Abdullah Yousuf, Khadeeja Farooqui as well as party’s central information secretary Kamil Ali Agha and Mian Munir among others.
In the meeting, the members expressed their grave concern over regrettable and tragic Sahiwal incident through a resolution and conveyed their sympathies to the oppressed family and demanded that those responsible for the tragedy be given appropriate punishment so that such incidents do not reoccur in future and the inheritors be provided justice.
The meeting expressed deep concerns over mounting price hike in the country and demanded of the government to take immediate steps for providing relief to the people. Through another resolution, the need was also stressed for taking immediate steps for curbing the increasing crimes in the country.
Reposing full confidence in Shujaat, participants of the meeting authorised him to take the decision.
On Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar met Elahi but reportedly failed to convince him when he complained of matters not being resolved despite an agreement achieved between the two parties.
“There has been no implementation on certain issues which were to be fixed as part of our alliance,” Elahi had said. The political situation deteriorated when Punjab Minister for Mines and Minerals Ammar Yasir, the lone minister of PML-Q in Punjab cabinet, sent his resignation to the PML-Q leadership.
‘RUMOURS OF RIFT BASELESS’:
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeemul Haque has said that rumours of rift between ruling PTI and its coalition partner PML-Q are baseless and out of context.
Talking to a private news channel, he claimed that a false impression of differences between the two parties was being given by different circles.
The PM’s special assistant said that on directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, he will hold a meeting with Punjab Speaker Assembly Elahi and PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain on Tuesday.
“We should not expect the government to resolve national issues in just five months as it is too early for making statements over the performance of the government,” he added.