Will hold talks only with PM Imran, insists Jahangir Tareen
Jahangir Tareen talks to newsmen.
‘Estranged’ Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Khan Tareen categorically stated on Thursday that he and members of his group would accept nothing short of a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Talking to the media outside an accountability court in Lahore where he had gone in connection with the hearing of a sugar scandal reference, he flatly refused to meet with any committee.
He said he and Prime Minister Imran Khan had been friends for a long time now, and that he and members of his group would meet him (the prime minister) soon.
He said he had been assured by some friends from Islamabad that he and members of his group would have a meeting with the prime minister within a few days. “This assurance gave us satisfaction,” estranged PTI leader said, and dispelled the impression that his and PM Imran’s relations had soured.
Tareen said he was the architect of PTI.
He claimed that there was no substance in the First Information Reports (FIRs) registered against him, and that these were not ‘criminal’ in nature. “In fact, these cases fall in the domain of the Federal Board of Revenue and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP),” he said, and added it was unfortunate that what Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) could not do (to convert civil cases into criminal) was done by the government of his own party.
‘Estranged’ PTI leader told media that he enjoyed the support of 40 legislators.
Earlier, the court extended the bails granted to Jahangir Khan Tareen and his son Ali Tareen and adjourned hearing of the sugar scandal case until May 3.
30 lawmakers show solidarity with Tareen:
Before leaving for the court, around 30 members of the National and Punjab assemblies gathered at PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen’s house in Lahore and reposed their trust in him.
They raised slogans in his favour and showered rose petals on him.