Opposition leader and PMLN President Shehbaz
Sharif held a secret meeting with PTI’s estranged but influential leader
Jehangir Khan Tareen, it is learnt.

A credible source told The News that the two leaders met a few days ago to
discuss the Imran Khan government and its fate. Tareen, when contacted, did not
offer any comment on this critically important meeting in the wake of the
opposition’s announcement to move a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister
Imran Khan.

Without confirming or denying his meeting with Shehbaz Sharif,
Jehangir Tareen said that his group of estranged ruling party MNAs and MPAs had
given him the mandate to make any political decision. Tareen said that being a
politician, he believes in interaction with other politicians. Such contacts
are part of politics, he added.

Tareen said that everybody is upset over the economic condition of
the country and because of the growing price hike. He said that his group’s MPs
are of the view that they could not stay indifferent to the woes of the masses.
To a question, Tareen said that his group’s MPs are more than 30 in number.

This week, many parliamentarians supporting estranged PTI leader
Jehangir Khan Tareen met twice in Lahore and reposed their complete confidence
in him and vowed to stand by him. Last Tuesday, according to a media report,
the group gathered at a reception hosted by Aun Chaudhry, brother of PTI MPA
Amin Chaudhry and a close confidant of Tareen. Those who attended the reception
included MNAs Khwaja Shiraz, Sardar Riaz Mazari, Raja Riaz, Mubeen Alam Anwer,
Ghulam Lali, provincial ministers Nauman Langrial, Ajmal Cheema, advisers to
Chief Minister Faisal Jaboana, Abdul Hayee Dastee, MPAs Chaudhry Zawar, Aslam
Bharwana, Tahir Randhawa, Salman Naeem, Omar Aftab Dhillon, senior politician
Ishaq Khakwani and others.

The group, headed by Tareen, had also met a few days ago at the
Gaddafi Stadium lounge and watched a cricket match of the Pakistan Super
League. The group decided to move ahead together and expressed complete
confidence in the leadership of Tareen.

Talking to the media, Jehangir Tareen had said it was the need of
the hour to sit together to find solutions to the prevailing issues of the
country. For the purpose, he was quoted as saying, all friends gathered and
discussed core issues, including the price-hike. To a question, he said that
nothing regarding a no-confidence move by the opposition had been discussed in
the meeting. About his meeting with political leaders, he said politicians
remained in contact with each other and it would continue in future as well.

However, in the meeting between Shehbaz Sharif and Jehangir
Tareen, which remained secret and was not even shared with most of their
respective party leaders, the two reportedly discussed ways and means to get
rid of the Imran Khan government. The issue of a no confidence motion was also
discussed, the source said.

Interestingly, the oppositions’ activities concerning a possible
no trust move are being kept secret by a few key leaders. Few politicians in
the PMLN, PPP or JUIF, including very senior ones, are in the picture about
what is actually going on behind the scenes.

 

Welcome to ADDNORAL Network

Discover more from ANINEWS24

Subscribe to get the latest posts sent to your email.

2022-02-19

Leave a Reply