Differences between PTI stalwarts Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jahangir Khan Tareen yet again came to surface when the former, during a press conference on Monday, asked the latter to refrain from attending official government meetings.
Qureshi, PTI’s vice-chairperson, acknowledged that Tareen “has done a lot for the party” and is a “God-gifted man with outstanding capabilities”, but followed it up with a request that the former PTI secretary general not attend government meetings.
I would ask my brother [Tareen] to think about this: when you participate in government meetings, it gives [PML-N’s] Marriyum Aurangzeb an opportunity to hold a presser and call into question if this [your presence in meetings] is not contempt of court?”
PTI leader and cabinet member Faisal Vawda lent support to Tareen, saying that he sits in official meetings on the insistence of cabinet members, including himself.
“He has selflessly done a lot for the party, we respect him as a senior colleague and learn from his expertise. Nobody in the party can dictate us, the prime minister is our leader and we take instructions from him only,” he added.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry was next to pitch in, also lending support to Tareen. “He is one of the biggest reasons for PTI being in power. He joins cabinet meetings on the prime minister’s wish,” said Chaudhry.