PTI must keep promises: Parvez

By: 24 News      Published: 11:52 PM, 3 Feb, 2020
Punjab Assembly Speaker Ch Parvez Elahi giving interview to anchor Nasim Zehra

Punjab Assembly Speaker Ch Parvez Elahi has complained of being ignored by ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf despite being a key coalition partner.

“At one stage, Prime Minister Imran Khan requested me to handle situation in Punjab Assembly because PTI lacked number to form a government in the largest province.

He spoke at length about the coalition issues on Monday at 24 News programme, Nasim Zehra @8 proposing the future course of actions that need to be adopted by the PTI for ensuring better performance in Punjab.  Here’s the crux of his interview:-

“Everything was going smooth following a Jahangir Tareen-led committee held successful meetings with allies, but Tareen’s replacement left the coalition partners in the lurch,” Elahi lamented.

“Our discussions to strengthen the coalition were going in the right directions but changing Tareen as the leader of the negotiating team was surprising. As a result of such an ill-thought decision, the process of fulfilling promises of PTI has been halted.

“It is essential for Prime Minister Imran Khan to take notice so as to identify the trouble-makers who had jeopardized the entire process. I have no doubt in my mind that the Prime Minister is being misled. If for any reasons the trust is once broken, it’s difficult to rebuild it.

"Why should we be treated as a co-wife? None of the promised made were fulfilled nor was there any indicator that the situation will improve. Our lawmakers had launched various projects in their areas after assurance by the ruling elite, but the funds were not released leaving the fate of those projects in the air".

If one recalled the situation in Islamabad at the time of sit-in, the government was clueless to find a way-out. It was due to our efforts that a situation could be saved from going to worse. But it is unfortunate that we were not given due credit for wooing JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to end sit-in Islamabad.

The Committee formed by the Prime Minister headed by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak despite holding several sessions could not find a workable solution to the crisis, Ch Parvez Elahi remarked.

“I and Ch Shujaat entered in the final phase of negotiations and successfully persuaded Maulana Fazlur Rehman to end the sit-in”, he went on to say.

Ch Parvez Elahi said the Pakistan Muslim League-Q had nothing to do with Imran-led sit-in against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government. “We have never been part of any undemocratic campaign to dislodge an elected government”, he added.

“We offered our services for bringing reconciliation between PAT chief Tahirul Qadri and PTI chairman Imran Khan before the two decided to part their ways.

“I did not want to be elected as the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly. But PTI had no other option because Imran Khan thought no one in his party could run the assembly proceedings. In early days, I handled temper of Hamza Shehbaz Sharif. As Speaker my performance could be judged by the fact that KP Assembly having two-third majority passed 35 bills while Punjab Assembly has passed 36 bills,” he argued.

It was agreed at the outset with Imran Khan that his party would have two ministries each in the National Assembly and Punjab Assembly. “We don’t want ministries but we won’t surrender our due share as was promised”, he said.

“Let me tell you there’s no One-Day test match in politics. In fact, it’s a series instead. The PTI should learn to rule with care and honour its words”.

The Speaker said the PML-N had offered him the seat of Chief Minister, but it was silent on this issue now.

To a question, Ch Parvez Elahi said that Nawaz Sharif was in a critical condition and was undergoing treatment and his immediate return was out of question.