Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday took a jab at the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leadership for its decision to remain a part of the ruling coalition and said that it pledged allegiance to the government because of its shortsightedness.
Addressing a press conference alongside PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Balochistan-based Member of National Assembly Aslam Bhootani, Zardari said they called on the Q-League to join forces with them to ‘save Pakistan’. However, due to its shortsightedness, the PML-Q decided to pledge allegiance to the government.
“Pervaiz Elahi can never become the chief minister of Punjab as he doesn’t have the required votes,” he said, adding that the Chaudhrys’ change of heart was bewildering. He expressed surprise as the party indicated they were with the opposition during their meeting at night but then changed their stance afterwards.
The statement comes after a deal was struck between the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) where the Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed to give the Punjab chief minister slot to Pervaiz Elahi. In return, PML-Q announced support to the government on the no-confidence motion submitted by the opposition.