LAHORE -

PTI central president Javed Hashmi, who has been in hot waters since his declaring PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif as still being his leader on the National Assembly floor, met with party chairman Imran Khan on Saturday to clarify his position.

According to PTI inner circles, Hashmi told the party chief that wrong selection of words and slip of the tongue was behind that ‘mistake’ and he didn’t really meant what he unfortunately said while greeting Nawaz on becoming Leader of the House.

They said that Imran, who was deeply perturbed at this ‘irresponsible statement’, wanted Hashmi to clear the apprehensions of the shocked party workers. They said the PTI big shot was also likely to soon hold a press conference to clear his position to the party leaders, workers and his electorate on his surprising statement.

PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the media that declaring PML-N chief as his leader by Javed Hashmi was just a matter of slip-of-tongue and nothing more. Commenting over the meeting of Fauzia Kasuri with party chairman, he said that Fauzia was an asset of the PTI and he along with other party leaders would convince her to withdraw her resignation. About the PTI-JI rift over sharing the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet seats, Qureshi said that finance ministry has been given to the Jamaat Islami while the matter of other ministries would also be resolved soon.

Also on Saturday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak met with party chairman Imran Khan to discuss the thorny issue of ministries. Party sources said that Khattak asked Imran for allowing the KPK local leadership to decide about the provincial affairs by themselves, instead of getting recommendations from advisory board which according to him did not had in-depth knowledge of the issues involved. He maintained that provincial leadership was capable enough to deal with the matter of ministries with JI and the upcoming challenge of local bodies’ polls.

Talking to the media after meeting, CM Khattak claimed that he had recommended no candidates from KPK for party tickets and it was the sole decision of the party’s central and provincial parliamentary boards. He maintained that PTI has no major differences with the JI and he along with PTI provincial leadership would resolve the ministries’ issue in a meeting with JI leaders today (Sunday).

Commenting over the drone attacks, he said it was a federal issue but PTI would support the federal government if it comes up with a concrete and meaningful policy to deal with this important issue. Qureshi, in his press talk, demanded the prime minister to take all the parties in the parliament onboard over the issue of drones.

About the local bodies’ polls in KPK, CM Khattak said that polls would be held in 90-days and the PTI would transfer powers at the grassroots level. On the other hand, PTI Punjab president Ijaz Chaudhry demanded the Punjab government to hold local bodies’ polls in the province in 90-days on party basis. Addressing a press conference after chairing a party meeting, he said that keeping in view the track record of the PML-N, the PTI fears that it might not hold the local bodies’ polls.