PML-Q ready to meet govt’s new committee for talks
Statesman Report
LAHORE: Senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) on Sunday said that they are ready for talks with the new committee formed by the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
According to sources, a meeting between both parties will be held in a few days.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said that the opposition’s wish of a breakup between government and its coalition parties will never be fulfilled.
On Friday, PML-Q senior leader and scion of the Chaudhry family of Gujrat, Moonis Elahi, had met Prime Minister Imran Khan in a bid to bridge the gulf that has come between the two allied parties in the government.
The meeting came after Moonis’ father, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, had told a representative of the newly-formed government committee tasked with holding talks with the allied parties that they preferred meeting the premier directly instead of negotiating with his representatives.
Talking to reporters after meeting PM Imran, Moonis had said that the first meeting with the latter was good.
“We talked openly and whatever the PM said was clear. After all these happenings, I think things will get right,” he had said, adding that he had informed Imran about the PML-Q’s concerns and had also assured him of their support in resolving the issues amicably.
“It was unfair to set up another committee when a committee was already working on the issue,” Moonis had said, adding that some people, who had been associated with the PML-Q in the past, had misled Imran Khan.
Moonis had rejected reports that his party wanted to topple the government of CM Buzdar.
“However, some people want to fail Imran Khan. It was our agreement with the PTI that our ministers would be fully empowered, they would be able to do transfers and postings and there would be no interference in our ministries. Matters about three districts were also settled,” he had said.
Referring to Elahi’s meeting with Shafqat Mehmood, Moonis had said Mahmood had assured his party that decisions taken by the committee comprising Tareen and Khattak would be implemented. He had added that work on transfers and postings was underway, but the issue of release of development funds has yet to be sorted out.
“We want this alliance to work and it is also our desire to contest the next election together,” he had said, denying that his father was eyeing the CM’s office.
Meanwhile, on Friday, reports had claimed that PTI senior leader Tareen was reportedly unhappy for being ignored in the new dialogue committees formed by PM Imran.
In a meeting with Khattak on Wednesday, Tareen was said to have conveyed his reservations over some party leaders who were giving the impression that he was responsible for the breakdown in the talks process with allied parties.
According to some reports, Khattak had conveyed Tareen’s reservations to PM Imran and the latter had invited Tareen for a meeting at his Bani Gala residence on Thursday. Reports claimed that the premier would include Tareen in the new dialogue committees in a bid to placate him.