Cracks now ‘visible’ in PTI, PML-Q alliance: Firdous

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Staff reporter – Lahore:

PTI leader Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Wednesday that cracks were appearing in the ties between her party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) due to “personal actions” of the Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi.

The ties between the PML-Q and the PTI, who have formed a coalition government in Punjab, have been making the headlines for a year after the former had reportedly blamed the ruling party for not fulfiling promises it had made earlier. Amid sporadically recurring reports of rifts between the two parties, it was reported in June this year that the matter was settled after the PTI had agreed to one of the PML-Q’s demands of providing development funds to its MNAs.

She said the “cracks have become visible due to personal actions of the speaker.”

She further said that a message was sent to her later that the government was not bound to undertake legislation with her consent.

Speaking about her appointment as adviser to the Punjab chief minister, she said the prime minister and Saifullah Naizi had convinced her to go to the province “because of my requirement there”.

The former adviser said Prime Minister Imran Khan, would assign her a new role if the party felt her services were required for the country and the province.

She said Punjab was a difficult battleground, adding that the PTI’s main rival party had set a different trend among the public and bureaucracy.

“Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, who is an honest man, is not highlighting on media the public welfare works he has undertaken and anyone who doesn’t brag about and publicise their works fails to get prominence on media screens,” she explained.

She said she was the fifth information minister changed in the province and hoped her successor “plays his innings till last”, adding that the erstwhile office-holders perhaps failed to meet the expectations of the leadership.

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