Ugly scenes as PM Imran chairs PTI-allies parliamentary party meeting

Lawmakers demand details about debts: Cast doubt on accountability process: Demand Tareen’s return to party: Shibli, Gill spar on briefing: Imran Khan says Opposition is no more a problem

By: News Desk      Published: 03:44 PM, 27 Jan, 2021
Ugly scenes as PM Imran chairs PTI-allies parliamentary party meeting
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There were ugly scenes in the joint parliamentary party meeting of the ruling PTI and its allies in Islamabad on Wednesday where participants fired a volley of questions at the prime minister and his cabinet members, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday chaired the parliamentary party meeting of the PTI and its allies.

Some of the participants asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to give details of the country’s debts. Raja Riaz even demanded the appointment of Jahangir Tareen as head of the committee being formed for Senate elections. Some cast doubts on the accountability process.

Jahangir Tareen

Raja Riaz minced no words while speaking in support of the Jahangir Tareen, demanding Tareen should be made chairman of the Senate committee. He also wanted to see Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Amir Kayani and Ijaz Chaudhry on that committee.

He argued that PTI cannot forget the services of Jahangir Tareen.

Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh briefed the meeting about the country’s debts after some lawmakers demanded details about the piling debts.

According to Hafeez Shaikh, the government has so far borrowed Rs11,000 billion. Out of this, Rs6,000 billion were used for debt servicing, Rs3,000 billion lost due to rupee devaluation and coronavirus relief utilised Rs1,500 billion.

Accountability process

Some legislators spoke about the accountability process. MNA Noor Alam Khan called for accountability of all.

Shibli-Gill tiff

Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz and Special Assistant to the PM on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill exchange hot words after the parliamentary part meeting.

As both the leaders came out of the meeting, Shahbaz Gill started talking to the media which infuriated Shibli Faraz, who showed his anger.

Shibli probably wanted to address the media himself and Gill’s move did not go down well with him.

PM address

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday claimed that the Opposition parties who wanted to see the PTI penalised by the ECP in the foreign funding case are now facing the music themselves. “They wanted to trap us, but now they are being entrapped,” said the smiling prime minister while addressing the parliamentary party meeting of the ruling PTI and allies in Islamabad.

Imran Khan said the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) of the opposition parties was practically dead. “They have flexed their every muscle but now have realised that the people are not with them,” he said and added the opposition parties have tried their best but the people of Pakistan have rejected them. 

“Don’t you worry, the Opposition is no more a problem for us,” the prime minster assures his allies.

Imran further said that besides Broadsheet case complete inquiries will also be conducted into Surrey Palace and Hudaibiya Paper Mills.

He said “Everyone should lay focus on the Ehsaas Programme. Lawmakers should visit shelter homes and facilitate the poor. 

On the other hand, the participants of the session discussed strategy for upcoming Senate elections.

Prime Minister also took the parliamentary party members into confidence regarding important decisions taken by the government.

The members also apprised the Prime Minister Imran Khan about the problems of their constituencies.