Thursday Apr 07, 2022
PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi claimed to have the support of the majority in the Punjab Assembly to elect new chief minister of the province, Geo News reported on Wednesday.
“Total 186 members are required for winning CM slot and we have the support of 189 members,” he said.
Earlier, on Wednesday the Opposition's symbolic Punjab Assembly session elected PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz as the chief minister after the government sealed off the provincial assembly.
Members from the PML-N, PPP, PTI's Jahangir Khan Tareen and Abdul Aleem Khan groups attended the session, with PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also present.
Speaking on Geo News programme Aapas Ki Baat, Moonis Elahi said that PML-N has been claiming to have a majority for decades but they do not have the required numbers.
“When I joined politics, Chaudhry Shujaat and Pervaiz Elahi advised one thing, which is not to trust Sharifs," he added.
Regarding regarding relations with PPP leaders, he said that they have good relations with Asif Ali Zardari, which would remain the same in the future too.
He further claimed that PML-N was not in a position to contest elections as the masses were supporting PTI.
“Dissolve all the assemblies and announce general elections in the country, everyone will come to know the position of the Sharif brothers,” he added.
Defending the decision to support PTI, Moonis went on to say that Pervaiz Khattak, Asad Umar, and Shah Mehmood stopped us from joining the Opposition at the last minute, adding that, “as a family and political party I decided to stand with PTI.”
“Our decision to join PTI as an ally was in favour of Pakistan,” he said, claiming that four to five days ago a senior member of PML-N approached them and asked to join the Opposition.
“I refused as there are no ifs and buts, we are firmly standing with Imran Khan,” he said.
Speaking about the "threat letter", Moonis said he is not aware of any foreign conspiracy to destabilise the government.