Tuesday Mar 29, 2022
LAHORE: While reflecting on his time at Punjab's highest post, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said on Tuesday that a person cannot be happy even if he or she is made the president of the United States.
Talking to journalists, CM Buzdar said that he had many “dreams and wishes” when he took office but not all of them could be turned into a reality.
“If the target is to become the president of the United States, that cannot be achieved. A person cannot be happy even if they are made president of the United States,” said CM Buzdar. Not even a single corruption or scandal could be made against me when I was in power, he claimed.
Talking about his tenure CM Buzdar reminded the press that he did not even go on a “single foreign tour” on government expenses during his time in power.
Many people had questioned CM Buzdar’s appointment to the top office when PTI came to power in 2018.
When asked about how he got hold of the post, CM Buzdar said that once he leaves office, he will share how he got hold of Punjab’s top political slot.
“I have a lot of secrets buried in my chest and they should remain secrets,” said CM Buzdar. He added that he has “a lot of stories” and if he writes a book, it would become a “best seller”.
“I am thinking of writing a book titled journey from Mount Solomon to 7 clubs,” said CM Buzdar.
Talking about his resignation, CM Buzdar said that he would leave politics if Prime Minister Imran Khan asked him to do so, adding that he is a "soldier of Imran Khan".
Buzdar also dismissed reports that he was leading a group of PTI lawmakers in Punjab.
“Party has nominated Pervaiz Elahi and I will make his win possible,” assured Buzdar. He added that he gave his resignation to the political committee himself.
“Some alternative options were discussed but I said the party's and national interests must be kept in front,” said CM Buzdar.
The CM said that he would never forget the “love” that members of the assembly gave to him. He added that during his tenure, he took the bureaucracy and members of the assembly in confidence.
“A documentary film on the work done during my time will be released soon,” said CM Buzdar.
A day earlier, CM Buzdar tendered his resignation after the joint Opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against him in the Punjab Assembly.
According to Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib, Prime Minister Imran Khan has nominated PML-Q's Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi for the post. PML-Q's leader Moonis Elahi confirmed that the post has been accepted by Elahi.
"Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi meets Prime Minister Imran Khan. All issues were settled in the meeting. PML-Q expresses confidence in PM and announces support. Chief Minister Usman Bazdar tenders his resignation to PM. Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to nominate Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as the new Chief Minister of Punjab," Habib wrote on Twitter.
On Monday, the joint Opposition had submitted a no-confidence motion against Buzdar in the Punjab Assembly, citing that they had been dissatisfied with his performance.
The development had come in the wake of the Opposition's no-confidence motion and increasing pressure within the PTI to remove the incumbent chief minister.