PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has vowed that he will fulfill all promises if he becomes the Chief Minister of Punjab. He made the claims during a hard-hitting interview for a private news channel.
After a detailed conversation on how PM Khan and PTI failed to honor commitments, the PML-Q leader said he will make up for the ruling’s shortcomings.
“I will fulfill any commitments made,” the PML-Q leader said.
His statements come as PML-Q eyes the Punjab CM seat amid the no-confidence motion. Media reports quoted PML-Q sources as saying that the party will support any side that will offer the Punjab Chief Minister seat.
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Regarding this, Pervaiz Elahi confirmed that the Opposition alliance offered Punjab’s chief ministership as well as an electoral alliance — including seat-to-seat adjustment. However, the government has yet to make that offer.
Interestingly, reports emerged that PTI Defence Minister Pervez Khattak told the PML-Q leader and Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi that PTI cannot give PML-Q the slot of CM Punjab. They are free to join PML-N if they are offering the position. On the other hand, the Defence Minister later tweeted, saying he never made the statements.
I have not issued any statement on media against PMLQ or Pervaiz Elahi. I'm in contact with all our allies on a daily basis.
— Pervez Khattak (@PervezKhattakPK) March 16, 2022
Currently, PML-Q is on the lookout for a better offer which the Opposition managed to present. Pervaiz Elahi also said that at first PML-N was not on board over the offer. It was PPP Chairman Asif Zardari who convinced PML-N.
“He (Zardari) clearly said that if you do not want to do it with them (PML-Q) then I also won’t be a part of this game. That’s when the PML-N got serious,” the PML-Q leader said.
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Furthermore, it appears that PML-Q has taken a U-turn in its support of the PTI government. In the initial stages of the no-trust move, PML-Q on several occasions expressed support for PM Khan. However, judging by the interview, the PML-Q leader has taken a completely different stance.
The PML-Q leader said the government was itself to blame for the position it was in, saying that it never learned how to build relationships and instead “ruined things with everyone, including its own people”.
Alarm bells for Prime Minister as one of the most important allie spill the beans –
— Asif (@i_AsifMalik) March 15, 2022
Moreover, without naming any names, the PML-Q leader said that “the work carried out on the government’s behalf never allowed it to learn things for itself.”
He also accused the government of forcing the National Accountability Bureau to target the PML-Q, including its leader, Federal Minister Moonis Elahi. Pertinent to mention, the threats came despite Moonis publicly declaring PML-Q’s support for PM Khan.
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