LAHORE   -  A controversy was sparked here Saturday when a leaked video showed PML-Q senior leader Tariq Bashir Cheema making complaints against PTI-appointed Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar to PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen.

The video got more significance as the conversation happened in the presence of Punjab Assembly speaker and PML-Q Punjab President Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and Provincial Minister Ammar Yasir.

“Sir oblige and control Sarwar, who will not let your Chief Minister [Usman Buzdar] to go on [with his job],” Cheema was shot as saying to Tareen at a private parley held at the residence of Pervez Elahi.

The speaker also seconded the words of his party man saying, “Yes, Ch Sarwar should be controlled.”

MNA Tariq Bashir Cheema has a long association with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid and is very close to party’s top leadership. He was elected MNA from a Bahawalpur constituency in this year’s general elections and is serving as a federal minister in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led coalition government.

Interestingly the offence and defence so far is between the ruling coalition partners, and the opposition PML-N and the PPP are largely quiet over the issue so far.

In the above said meeting, Pervez Elahi mentioned of the criticism Hamza Shahbaz – the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly – is continuing against the Punjab government.

Speaker Pervez has taken exception to the leakage of their conversation during the meeting, which according to him was actually aimed at discussing the issues pertaining to the upcoming Senate elections.

How they would run the affairs if they won’t talk their matters at home, he posed before the media at a conference hurriedly called after the media aired the video of the controversial discourse.

He said sharing concerns and reservations is the purpose of party meetings and the result come through the secret ballot if such matters are not addressed.

With reference to the grievance of Tariq Bashir Cheema against Punjab Governor, he said who else will address the complaints if a leader does not share the same with his leadership. And the genuine grievances are addressed otherwise the fury is vented through secret ballot, he repeated.

He described Cheema as an upright person who does not keep things to his heart.

Pervez Elahi however termed his ties with Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar quite cordial and strong that would continue in future also.

He also reiterated his commitment with the PTI and said his party will support the PTI in the Senate election in Punjab.

The speaker also appreciated the bold decisions being taken by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar.

He agreed to the suggestion that instead of Jahangir Tarin the concerns should have been raised with Prime Minister Iman Khan.

Ch Parvez Elahi said that Imran is working very hard for pulling Pakistan out of difficult circumstances. He said he believed that Pakistan would soon get rid of loans and move towards prosperity, and in that journey his party was standing with Tehrik-e-Insaaf on every front.

Provincial Minister for Information, Fiyyazul Hassan Chohan in his comment to the media expressed displeasure over making a private discussion public and playing it up.

He said Tariq Cheema talked a simple matter which the media projected out of context. He said such matters are also talked between husband and wife so nothing exceptional about the video discussion.

Chohan said the fact of the matter is that the opposition is not digesting a gentleman like Buzdar as chief minister. He ruled out any differences between the coalition partners.

“Others will also not be spared if series of leaking the private talks is practiced,” the minister warned.

Tariq Bashir Cheema while talking to a section of media said that he had only grumbled over the interference by the governor in his constituency with his party leadership.

“We are neither annoyed nor going to be so,” he said in the context of his complaint against the governor. He said when the PTI leadership asked he would tell it where the nail punched. Cheema said the matter only related to his constituency but it had been blown out of proportion.

 

Video leak embarrasses ruling coalition

 

 

SAJID ZIA