Allied parties express ‘full confidence’ in PM Imran’s policies

ISLAMABAD – A delegation of the leaders of government’s allied parties called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Tuesday and expressed their full confidence in his leadership and policies.

Officials said matters relating to overall political and economic situation in the country were discussed during the meeting.

Member National Assembly (MNA) Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Minister for Law Farogh Nasim, and Minister for Information Technology Amin-ul-Haq represented the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).

Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) was represented by MNA Ghaus Bakhsh Mehr and Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza. Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi represented Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q).

Baluchistan Awami Party (BAP) was represented by Chief Minister Baluchistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Senator Manzoor Ahmad Khan Kakar. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad represented Awami Muslim League Pakistan (AMLP). Special Assistant to PM Shahzain Bugti represented Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP).

The government side was represented by Minister for Defence Pervaiz Khattaq, Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and Special Assistant to PM Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his dismay over the ruling party leaders and key functionaries of his government for not backing two federal ministers in their apparent “tussle” with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

 

PM Imran Khan in a meeting with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) urged his cabinet members that they should have supported Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry and Railways Minister Azam Swati for their stance over the introduction of electronic voting (EV) machines in the next general election.

 

The  Core Committee of the party was held a day earlier to discuss the overall political situation following the federal government brokered a peace deal with the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) to pursue the latter to end its over week-long protest in Punjab’s main Grand Trunk Road.

 

PM was upset over the issue and advised his key party leaders and ministers that they should have shown unity over such matters but they have done otherwise, a party insider told The Nation. PM was quoted as saying that both the ministers had raised voice for “a cause” and not to pursue their vested interests.

In September this year, Swati had levelled serious charges of “always rigging” elections against ECP after the latter raised objections over the government’s plans to introduce EV machines in the next general election.

 

Information Minister Chaudhry had also come down hard on the commission for its views over EV machines. Later, the ECP had issued separate show-cause-notices to both the ministers asking them to explain their “slanderous” remarks against the commission and the chief election commissioner.

 

The sources also informed that PM told senior party members that they should adopt a similar narrative and approach on political matters. The premier also gave an example of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a coalition partner of PTI in the center, and said that the party lawmakers always backed each other on political issues and used to speak the same language. He told his cabinet members that they should accompany both the ministers during their appearance before the ECP. The meeting also held discussion about confusing statements of some ministers during TLP protests.

 

Allies of ruling PTI reposed confidence on the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and reiterated their full support to the PM for resolving the issue of TLP protest and long march through political means.

 

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan also took the allies into confidence on the prevailing situation in the country and particularly the upcoming joint session of the Parliament, which is being called to clear the pending legislation. The leaders of allied parties fully endorsed the decision to summon the session and assured their full cooperation in this regard.

 

The allied parties fully endorsed and lauded the peaceful end of the TLP sit-in and agreed that Pakistan cannot afford to have political and security instability. “We did not want bloodshed and opted for political negotiations and peaceful settlement of their issues”, PM Imran Khan remarked.

According to sources, the allied parties leaders apprised the Prime Minister about the price hike which common man is facing. The upcoming local government elections also came under consideration for which PM Imran Khan sought the support of allies. The leaders of the allied parties were also taken into confidence over the NAB Ordinance.

 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated that the Federal Government will ensure provision of all possible resources for development of backward areas of Balochistan.

Talking to Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, who called on him in Islamabad today (Tuesday), he said CPEC projects in Balochistan will be completed within the stipulated time.

The Chief Minister briefed the Prime Minister about development projects in Balochistan and also exchanged views on overall political situation in the province.

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