The disgruntled faction of ruling PTI, known as the Jahangir Khan Tareen group, has announced that it will only sort out differences with the partyâ€™s central leadership if Prime Minister Imran Khan removed Usman Buzdar from the post of Punjab chief minister.
Following a meeting of estranged ruling PTI members in Lahore on Tuesday, Punjab MPA Malik Nauman Ahmad Langrial told media that all members of the group have given full authority to Jahangir Tareen to take any decision on their behalf.
Tareen is currently in London and has been apprised about the current situation via video link, he added.
â€œI want to highlight here that all members of the group are united on the strategy to move forward if the government accepts minus Buzdar formula. All like-minded members of the group will accept the decision taken by Tareen,â€ he said.
He indicated that they are in contact with different political parties as the group has majority after two big political parties â€“ PML-N and PTI â€“ in the house.
â€œWe are updating Tareen about current political developments in the country and will accept whatever decision is taken by our leader,â€ he maintained.
He disclosed that another important meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) to evaluate political situation and formulate the groupâ€™s future course of action.
To a question about possible nomination of Aleem Khan for Punjabâ€™s chief minister, Langrial said Tareen will make the decision and all group members will unconditionally accept his decision.
â€œWe are united as a family. Aleem Khan, who joined the group a day earlier, had been informed that if he wanted to be a part of this group then he had to accept the decision of Tareen,â€ he added.
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At the end of the news conference he asserted that it was not rebellion against the party. â€œWe have been given mandate by the people who have certain expectation from us. We are not deliberating only about the party but also about the province,â€ he said.
He also dodged the question about possible nomination of PML-Qâ€™s Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as the chief minister and reiterated that Tareen will make decision.
Meanwhile, Punjab governmentâ€™s spokesperson Hasaan Khawar contradicted news of being aired by different media outlets that CM Buzdar offered to step down from the post in a meeting with PM Imran earlier today.
He stated that the meeting between the premier and CM Buzdar was held in a cordial environment. â€œBuzdar is the soldier of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the chief minister is taking forward the vision of his leader in Punjab,â€ he added.
In another statement, he also clarified that Buzdar did not give any message to the partyâ€™s leadership regarding potential candidates for the post of Punjab CM.
â€œThe chief minister did not say anything against Aleem Khan, or handing over the position to Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi or keeping it with himself,â€ the spokesperson added.
Khawar added that Buzdar reposed full trust in the leadership of PM Imran Khan. PTI is united under the leadership of PM Imran Khan, he emphasised. â€œEvery conspiracy of the opponents to create rifts in the government ranks will meet with failure.â€
He maintained that difference of opinion and complaints happen in houses as well as in political parties. The opposition was â€œclean bowledâ€ by Prime Minister Imran Khan for taking the decision to reduce electricity and petroleum prices.
â€œWe are in contact with all the stakeholders of Punjab and want to resolve all matters through dialogue.â€