ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is reported to be angry and disappointed with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders for not standing by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Senator Azam Khan Swati after they were grilled here by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The prime minister expressed his frustrations in a core committee meeting held on Monday, a day after signing an agreement with the banned political party Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) to stop its workers from continuing their protest. According to some media reports, the prime minister said, “You do not stand by each other on any given issue”.
The prime minister is said to have given the example of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) workers to his party leaders. He is quoted to have said, “When I was an MNA, the party members of MQM-P used to speak the same language”.
PM Imran Khan has also forbidden the party leaders to talk about the agreement the government has signed with the proscribed TLP. Some media outlets have reported that the prime minister does not want to release the TLP chief Saad Rizvi from the jail.
The two cabinet ministers have been issued a show-cause notice by the ECP for slandering the institution and its Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja. The two ministers had accused the ECP of wrongdoings with Swati having stated that “such institutions should be set on fire”.