PML-Q to support PM Imran Khan, claims Gill

Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi (left), PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat (centre), and Prime Minister Imran Khan (right) meet at the Chaudhry brothers residence in this undated photo. — Twitter/File


Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi (left), PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat (centre), and Prime Minister Imran Khan (right) meet at the Chaudhry brothers residence in this undated photo. — Twitter/File
Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi (left), PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat (centre), and Prime Minister Imran Khan (right) meet at the Chaudhry brothers’ residence in this undated photo. — Twitter/File
  • PM Imran Khan nominates Pervaiz Elahi as CM in Punjab, claims Gill.
  • Tariq Bashir Cheema resigns as federal minister.
  • CM Punjab Usman Buzdar tenders resignation from office. 

ISLAMABAD: The PML-Q, an important ally of the government in the Centre and Punjab, will support Prime Minister Imran Khan in face of the no-confidence motion against him, Special Assistant to PM on Political Communication (SAPM) Shahbaz Gill claimed Monday.

“PTI will support Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as a candidate for the chief minister [in Punjab] and the PML-Q has announced to support PM amid the no-confidence motion,” Gill said.

The statement came after PM Imran Khan met Punjab Assembly Speaker Elahi, a top leader of the PML-Q, at Bani Gala just as the National Assembly approved to table the no-trust motion against the premier.

Subsequently, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has tendered his resignation.

The decision to tender his resignation came hours after the joint Opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against him in the Punjab Assembly.

Habib also confirmed Gill’s announcement of the prime minister nominating PML-Q’s Elahi for the top spot in Punjab — as the PTI cajoles allies to defeat the no-confidence motions in the NA and Punjab.

Later, PML-Q’s leader Moonis Elahi — the son of Pervaiz Elahi — confirmed that the post has been accepted by the speaker of the Punjab Assembly.

Tariq Bashir Cheema resigns as federal minister

Just minutes after the no-confidence motion was tabled against the prime minister in the NA, Federal Minister for Housing and Works Tariq Bashir Cheema stepped down from office.

Cheema had earlier sought permission from the party president, Shujaat, to step down as the federal minister. Today, the former prime minister gave allowed him.

However, he has not resigned as a member of NA. It is noteworthy that another member of PML-Q leader — Moonis — is part of the federal cabinet and holds the portfolio of water resources. But he has not resigned yet.

In response to the resignation, senior analyst Sohail Warraich told Geo News that it seems tough that the government might be able to bring Cheema to their side — and he is “likely” to vote against the prime minister during the no-confidence motion.



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