Friday Mar 11, 2022
LAHORE: Jahangir Khan Tareen group leaders on Thursday said that they are still a part of the PTI faction; however, they have joined the Tareen group due to "differences with the ruling party."
Speaking to journalists, the group’s spokesperson Saeed Akbar Nawani said that the pumps and transport business of another disgruntled member, Ajmal Cheema, have been shut down since yesterday.
In this context, Nawani stated that all the members who have joined the group know that they would have to face difficulties as they have taken a stand against the government.
The spokesperson said that the political situation of the country is being reviewed on daily basis and that all the members stand with the stance and have no regrets.
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“Samsam Bukhari and Asif Nikai are our brothers; however, they were never a part of the Jahangir Tareen group,” the group’s spokesperson said.
Shedding light on the plans of the group, he said that "no one should ever refuse negotiations."
“The members are yet to choose a name for the position of the chief minister,” he said, adding that no talks have been held in this regard.
Earlier, after a motion of no-confidence was submitted against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly Secretariat, factions within the ruling PTI were angling for the ouster of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
The two disgruntled groups of PTI — Tareen and Aleem Khan groups — united against Buzdar after the latter announced an affiliation with the former, aiming to "save" the party after "loyalists were sidelined" following PM Imran Khan's rise to power.
A delegation of Jahangir Khan Tareen group led by Punjab provincial minister Nauman Langrial on Wednesday met PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at his residence, The News reported.
The delegation, comprising provincial minister Ajmal Cheema, Aun Chaudhry, Lala Tahir Randhawa, Abdul Hayyi Dasti, and Imran Shah, "engaged in detailed consultation" regarding the current political situation in Punjab at the meeting.
Elahi, who is also the speaker of the Punjab Assembly, agreed to continue contacts with the Tareen group for the "betterment" of the province and its people.
Moreover, Elahi inquired after Tareen, who is currently in London for medical treatment, and wished for his good health.
Meanwhile, Langrial raised the matter of submitting a no-trust motion against Buzdar in the provincial assembly secretariat.
Langrial said that Punjab "had been destroyed" and the group would have to come to the fore in the interest of the people as they had decided to remove Buzdar. He called upon Elahi to support the Tareen group in this regard, expressing an intention to call on Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain soon.