–Punjab Info Minister Chohan says he can ‘only lament’ Fawad Chaudry’s criticism of Buzdar’s governance
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Thursday categorically ruled out in-house change in Punjab, saying those conspiring against him were spreading rumours about ‘change’ in Punjab government to mislead the masses.
Talking to journalists, Buzdar said all the stakeholders of the provincial government were on the same page. He added that there was no forward bloc or pressure group in the ranks of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Responding to a question, the chief minister ruled out the impression of any shortage of wheat flour in the province.
Earlier on January 20, underscoring the need of structural reforms in Punjab government, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had urged Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to step aside.
Talking in a TV show, Fawad Chaudhry had said that the chief minister’s failure was not the fault of the prime minister. He had maintained that CM Buzdar himself was responsible for his performance. Responding to a question, Fawad Chaudhry had said that the federal government could not deliver effectively without the support of the provinces.
Talking to reporters on Thursday, Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz ul Hasan Chohan said he could “only lament” Fawad Chaudry’s criticism of Chief Minister Buzdar’s governance.
Chohan said he had had almost a 35-year experience in politics but Chaudhry was “keeping himself above discipline [in his] attitude and behaviour”, which was “very destructive to any party, institution, group or family”
Highlighting how the science minister had criticised the Punjab government, CM Buzdar, and other issues five or six times in the past, he said “every month, he [Chaudhry] tries to be a hero”.
“He’s my brother, my friend, and he’s very competent in some aspects but I believe that he has crossed a boundary in terms of violating [party] discipline.
“One should should think of the benefit of the boat one is in,” the provincial information minister said, adding that it was neither Chaudhry’s authority or prerogative to form an opinion on the chief minister that he should step down or should be retained.
“The chief minister comes under the prime minister of Pakistan, as the chief executive of Pakistan, [who] is 100 percent on [Buzdar’s] side, the entire provincial cabinet is on his side, the MPAs from treasury benches are on his side.
“I ask him, ‘Brother, what’s your problem?’ My constraint is that he’s my friend and he belongs to my treasury bench and my group, my party. Otherwise, I would have dealt with him in my signature way, my beautiful typical way.
“I can answer him in a very good manner but I’m bound because I have a disciplined attitude. That’s why I will not — categorically — retort to Fawad Chaudhry,” Chohan said.