Is PTI-PMLQ alliance edging closer to its end?

Is PTI-PMLQ alliance edging closer to its end?

By Iram Saleem 

    Who is misleading Prime Minister Imran Khan about the Chaudhry’s of Gujrat — an important ally of beleaguered PTI government both in the Centre and Punjab.

    PML-Q leadership – Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Parvez Elahi and Moonis Elahi – have been dropping a word of wisdom to PM Khan telling them to put some elements in the PTI in order before it’s too late.

     Mr Khan’s rigidness not to consult the Chaudhrys in important policy decisions is causing a lot of communication gap between them. Besides, the PML-Q’s grievances are not being addressed. If this continues, the writing is on the wall – the time is not far away when both parties say goodbye to each other.

    In his latest tweet, Moonis Elahi said it is not good to change officers, economic and political teams every now and then as it does not reflect well on the incumbent government. He was talking in the backdrop of Khan’s decision to change its team led by Jehangir Tareen ensuring redressing of PML-Q’s grievances.  Khan posed his trust on Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood to hold talks with PML-Q.

  In another tweet Moonis Elahi said: “We were making excellent progress with the earlier committee comprising of @JahangirKTareen @PervezKhattakPK and @ShahzadArbab1. Why is @pti out to self sabotage itself?”

   Similarly Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi strongly voiced his concern saying: “We can’t comprehend [the logic behind] the new committee. One committee is formed after another.”

   Advising the government to not take its allies as sautan (a relation based on jealously between two wives of one man), Mr Elahi  said one (type of) committee was formed while another was pooled, a reference to a form of pooling of fixed amount of money each month and giving it to one of the committee members. And that “our number has not yet come for getting this committee (the pooled money).”

   Quoting Punjabi Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah’s verse “agly taun na pichlly taun, mein sadqay jawaan vichley taun” (neither the first nor the last, I’m fond of the middle one), he said they had joined hands with the PTI with sincerity and wished that the (incumbent) government should work and complete its term. “We realise that we won’t escape the loss if the government is hurt,” he emphasised.

    On Saturday evening Chaudhry Shujaat told PM Khan that the allies always believe in unity and equality. “Our party is no doubt small but experience-wise we have also rule with two-third majority, keeping this in view we regard Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) as our colleague, they should also consider us as their colleague not enemy.”

    He further said that Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Moonis Elahi or any worker of the party give a statement that reflect truth and patriotism, some friends draw its wrong meaning and showing clip to Imran Khan use it for their objectives, they face no danger from allies but from their own people.

   In reply to a question about case filed by Shehbaz Sharif against a newspaper in a court of London, he said : “We will see how long Shehbaz Sharif carries this case, but when world’s most popular newspaper The Guardian published wrong story against us then we had filed case in the Queen’s Bench of London High Court against The Guardian through prominent lawyers of Pakistan Ejaz Batalvi and Mahmood A. Shaikh which ran for three months and we won that case, on this newspaper Guardian published apology on its front page prominently.”

   Asked that from Sh Rashid’s statement of Sh Rashid about Shehbaz Sharif, this impression is created as Shehbaz Sharif has any link with the establishment, Ch Shujat Hussain said that whosoever comes and goes, it should be remembered that N-League’s vote bank is of Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif is zero before Nawaz Sharif. — Pak Destiny

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