PTI, PML huddle rescues alliance
Pervaiz Elai, Khattak vow to face every situation together
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The PML-Q and PTI huddle on Monday thrashed out their differences, vowing to face all kind of situations together.
“It is a fact that every government faces a different set of challenges. We will face every situation with mutual consultation and coordination and try to find a solution,” a seemingly satisfied PML-Q President Pervaiz Elahi said on Monday.
Speaking to the media after meeting with a PTI committee at his residence, he said that “today’s meeting with government’s committee helped remove all confusions” that had cropped up in the alliance.
“Today’s meeting remained fruitful as we discussed all issues including price hike thoroughly.”
The committee comprising key figures of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was formed by Prime Minister Imran Khan for holding talks with the irate junior partner and addressing their reservations.
It included Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar, Defence Minister Pervaz Khattak and Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood.
The PML team included Senator Kamal Ali Agha, Moonis Elahi and Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema.
Pervaiz Elahi, who is also speaker of the Punjab Assembly, said that several issues were discussed in the meeting and they looked into their differences and pondered on ways to remove them.
The PML, he said, also expressed their reservations on certain issues. The meeting members held consultations on how the coalition can resolve the irritants.
“We do not have any doubt about the sincerity, leadership and intentions of Imran Khan.”
There should not be an iota of doubt about the continuity of our alliance with the PTI government, PML leader said.
“We [PML and PTI] will Insha Allah go to the people together for vote [in next general elections] after addressing their problems.”
Pervaiz Elahi said that every PTI leader is respectable for them, be it Jehangir Tareen or anyone else.
Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak said that the misunderstanding between the government allies had been removed.
"None of them [allied parties] are abandoning us," he said.
The issues between the government and the PML were small and "insignificant", but were blown out of proportion.
The purpose of Monday’s meeting was to dispel the misunderstanding that there were some major differences between the two parties. He admitted that there did exist some issues which they have resolved in the sitting.
“If you don't take your allies on board [on key issues], the situation could turn bad. Therefore, we will carry out [all major] decisions after mutual consultation."
Some issues might crop up in the future too as they arise even in our homes, but we will have to settle them. “We assure the people that this partnership will continue over the next three years [of government tenure]," the minister maintained.
Before the coalition parties meeting on Monday, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar in a statement said that opposition’s dream of an in-house change would never come true.
“Opposition will keep making plans, but the government will complete its five-year term.”
Chaudhry Sarwar said Imran Khan will remain Prime Minister till 2023.
The governor said Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) and the government are on the same page for the sake of national interests.
Chaudhry Sarwar said the government is committed to provide relief to the people of country. Pakistan is transforming into a state like vision of founder of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam, in the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.