LAHORE: Already facing difficult times by party allies, a group of “dissatisfied” PTI legislators have appeared in Punjab openly expressing their resentment for being ignored in the distribution of public funds and public welfare projects.
“We have faced” ruthless “discrimination by the Shahbaz government over the past decade and the situation seems to be no different in the dispensation of Buzdar since our constituencies remain ignored in terms of development projects,” said the MPA from PTI Sardar Shahabuddin, while talking with Dawn Monday.
Shahabuddin, who has been elected as MPA on the PTI ticket of PP-263 (Layyah-II), said 20 AMP have joined together to raise their “genuine concerns” before the party’s leadership, as their voters were pressing them to meet at least in the PTI government. “Up to 10 MPAs belong to southern Punjab and others come from central / northern Punjab,” he said.
By saying that the 20 MPAs have not created any forward block or plan to give “hard times” to the party’s leadership, Shahabuddin said Dawn that he, along with other MPAs under the banner of “Supremacy of Parliament”, had met twice with Prime Minister Usman Buzdar and explained their concerns.
The MPAs of 20 parties resent the unavailability of development funds
Although the prime minister had assured us to remedy our concerns, he said, so far no concrete action had been taken. “We are scheduled to hold another meeting with Mr. Buzdar on Wednesday (tomorrow) before the Punjab Assembly session, for follow-up,” he said.
It is known that the 20 “remote” MPAs come from D.G. Khan, Bhakkar, Layyah, Vehari, Hafizabad, Chiniot, Sargodha and Rawalpindi. “We want our districts to be updated as Lahore and Faisalabad,” Shahabuddin added.
Sources in the PTI say that frustration was growing among the MPAs of the party due to the party’s failure to deliver and win public praise for the Punjab government led by CM Usman Buzdar.
Only one day before, the important ally of the PTI government, PML-Q, had expressed its complaint for not obtaining full administrative participation in different districts and establishing an ultimatum of one week. According to reports, the PML-Q leadership had expressed concern that Buzdar was not a powerful chief minister and that Punjab was led by the federal government through the chief secretary and the IG police. Sources say that Buzdar has been reduced to just a figure head.
When he contacted him, PTI central president in Punjab, Ejaz Chaudhry, said that genuine complaints from the party’s MPAs were being addressed urgently and that CM Buzdar was working on it. Affirming that the PTI government and party leadership were in contact with the 20 MPAs, he acknowledged that there were problems as the government faced a serious shortage of finances and added that the previous PML-N government had bankrupt the country . “All MPAs of the parties will get their corresponding share,” he said.
Regarding the concerns of PML-Q, Chaudhry said that PML-Q lawmakers were “responsible allies.” The PTI did not expect such a seriousness. [one-week ultimatum] of them, “said Chaudhry.
Meanwhile, the governor of Punjab, Chaudhry Sarwar, said that the PML-Q had not expressed his desire to take the position of chief minister of Punjab or that Usman Buzdar was replaced.
He said that the PML-Q, MQM and the Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) were standing with the government, and also said they would not become part of any movement aimed at overthrowing the PTI government. “Mr. Buzdar does not face any threat as long as he enjoys the support of the Punjab Assembly and Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he added.
Regarding the concerns of the MPAs of the parties, the governor said: “The difference of opinion within the party is the beauty of democracy and PTI believes in freedom of expression, the essence of a democratic structure. Parliamentarians have the prerogative to present their demands / requirements as they have been elected to the assemblies making promises with the people of their respective constituencies. ”
“The PTI government will guarantee the resolution of the problems of the members of the assembly through mutual dialogue and consensus,” he said and added that the reconciliation team of a government was in constant contact with the allied parties.
Our correspondent from Layyah adds: [disgruntled] Members include Sardar Shahabuddin Khan of Layyah, Sardar Mohiuddin Khan Khosa and Khwaja Muhammad Daud of DG Khan, Malik Ghazanfar Abbas Cheena and Amir Inayatullah Shahani of Bhakkar, Faisal Farooq Cheema and Muneeb Sultan Cheema of Sargodija de Chimoeda of Chimoeli of Chimoedai of Chimoedai of Chimoedai of Chimoedai of Chimoedai , Mamoon Tarar and Ahsan Jahangir Bhatti from Hafizabad, Ali Khakwani and Muhammad Afzal Bandaisha from Vehari, Iftikhar Gondal, Gulraiz Ashgar Chan and three female members.