Jahangir Tareen not part of PTI anymore, says PM Imran

By: News Desk      Published: 09:02 PM, 28 Nov, 2020
Jahangir Tareen not part of PTI anymore, says PM Imran
There was a time when Jahangir Khan Tareen (R) was one of the closest aides of Prime Minister Imran Khan.–File photo

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that Jahangir Khan Tareen was neither part of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) nor holding any party office. 

In an interview to a private news channel, the prime minister said Tareen claimed to be innocent, but an inquiry into the charges against him was still underway. He, however, said that he felt sorry for Tareen because he had 10-year-old relations with him. 

Referring to the title “selected”, which opposition parties have given to him, the prime minister said it was strange that he was being labelled as “selected” despite the fact that he rose to power after 22 years of political struggle. In fact, he said, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari both were “selected”.

He said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari became head of a political party on the basis of a chit. Referring to Maryam Nawaz, he said, had she not been the daughter of Nawaz Sharif, she would not have even got a place in the party. Statistically speaking, he said, the 2018 general elections were more transparent than the 2013 general elections. 

Answering a question, the prime minister said there was no pressure on him from the army and that the army never interfered in his affairs. He said he would resist if there is any interference from the army. He said he was making his own foreign policy and acting on his own policies as mentioned in his political manifesto. He said that his old stance on Afghanistan was now Pakistan’s policy on Afghanistan.

He said that the appointment of a retired general did not always mean it was done under the army’s pressure. He said that Lieutenant General (Retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa, chairman of the CPEC authority, had submitted a detailed reply of each allegation levelled against him. He said that Bajwa was made head of the CPEC authority because he had worked as commander of the Southern Command and he was well aware of security issues in the area. 

About the view that he takes a U-turn on every issue, Khan said he has his own strategy and sometimes one has to change his strategy to get the desired results. He said that making Pakistan a welfare state was his mission and he would try every strategy to achieve his goal. He said he promised 10 million jobs and five million houses in five years of his government, he would give people even more jobs and houses than he promised. He said the Ravi River Urban Development Project in Lahore and the Bundle Island Project in Karachi would create new jobs.