PTI Succeeds In Regaining PML-Q’s Support To Save Govt
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) committee headed by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak succeeded in addressing the concerns of PML-Q to save ruling party’s government in center and Punjab.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had formed a committee to meet government allies — MQM-P, PML-Q and Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) — to address their reservations.
On PM Imran Khan orders, the PTI delegation, that included senior PTI leader Jahangir Tareen, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Arbab Shahzad met a delegation of the PML-Q, which included federal minister Tariq Basheer Cheema, MNAs Chaudhry Moonis Elahi, Chaudhry Salik Hussain and Chaudhry Hussain Elahi in Islamabad today.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Cheema thanked Khattak and Tareen for “understanding our pain,” he further said that “PML-Q had some demands and I hope that they will be fulfilled soon.” When asked what the demands were, Cheema said they were related to “development process”.
Khattak told reporters that it was not the first meeting between the parties and said that they had met to remove some “misconceptions created by people”, without elaborating. “The misunderstanding [between us] has been removed and we will complete the five years of this government together,” the Defence Minister added.
Rifts between the PTI and its allies started after MQM-P lawmaker Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui resigned as Federal Minister for Information Technology. They gained ground yesterday, after Cheema, who is the minister for housing, did not attend the federal cabinet meeting yesterday.