ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) has demanded release of funds for the constituencies of its lawmakers and another ministry in return for supporting the government on its legislation agenda, including the bill to extend the tenure of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa for another three years.
The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has intensified its campaign to win the support of its allies other opposition parties. In this regard, a delegation of the ruling party held a meeting with the lawmakers of its allied party – Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) at the parliament House. The government delegation comprised Jahangir Tareen, Pervaiz Khattak, Qasim Suri and Shahzad Arbab while Chaudhry Moonis Elahi and Tariq Bashir represented the PML-Q.
According to sources, both parties discussed matters related to amendment in the Army Act and the appointment of the chief election commissioner (CEC). Both sides also shared some reservations and asked each other to bring their act together.
“During the meeting, the PML-Q lawmakers complained that the commitments made to them were not being fulfilled and they were being deprived of their share in the federal and Punjab governments. They also complained about the unavailability of development funds. The PML-Q also demanded an end to interference in their ministries from some top government ministers,” a source in the PML-Q told Pakistan Today.
The source said that the PML lawmakers were assured that they would be given another federal ministry. The source also said that the government delegation took the PML-Q lawmakers into confidence on the names given by the prime minister for appointments in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The source further said that the PML-Q also complained that the development projects in the areas of its lawmakers were not being executed and funds were not being released for the projects.
“The PML-Q, being an ally, announced full support for the government despite their reservations,” the source said and added that the government delegation assured the PML-Q lawmakers of removing all their reservations and fulfilling the promises made to them.
The source further said that it was also decided in the meeting that Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar will also attend the next meeting between the government and PML-Q to ensure timely completion of the development projects.