On Thursday, Federal Defense Minister Pervez Khattak denied media claims of PTI stalwart Jahangir Tareen being taken back into the fold of the party to take over duty in Punjab for election candidates.
After a surprise inspection of the Peshawar BRT office, along with National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, the Federal Minister addressed the journalists.
Khattak refuted claims that Tareen was granted responsibility for currying favour with candidates in Punjab again in response to a query about the government’s arrangements for the forthcoming Senate elections.
“That is wrong propaganda, Jahangir Tareen is nowhere to be seen, our numbers [of candidates] are full and there will be no buying and selling [of candidates],” Khattak said, threatening that if someone else wanted to engage candidates in “buying and selling” they will be “given a befitting response”
His remarks came after demands by some PTI lawmakers to get Tareen back into the fold at a PTI-led ruling alliance parliamentary party meeting at Parliament House on Wednesday.
In the conference, Raja Riaz, a PTI leader from Faisalabad, had proposed that Jahangir Tareen be made a member of a committee to be created to formulate a strategy for contesting the upcoming Senate elections. “Information Minister Shibli Faraz said of the request that it was the “personal view” of Riaz.
One of many bigwigs appointed in a sugar inquiry commission in 2020, Tareen, a close confidant of Prime Minister Imran Khan, was founded on the orders of the premier to investigate the spike in commodity prices. Tareen, despite being a key suspect in the sugar racket, left for London in June 2020.
The resignation of the PTI chief caused a reaction from the opposition. The Federal Investigative Agency, meanwhile, requested information of Tareen’s holdings in Pakistan and abroad, his financial activities, particularly money transfers abroad, the bank accounts of his family members and his staff, and his JDW company’s sugar-related transactions.
In November last year, Tareen returned to Pakistan after spending several months in the United Kingdom.
‘Haven’t taken one step to win over PDM’
Speaking about the 10-party opposition coalition, Khattak said, “Till today, we haven’t taken one step to win over the PDM [Pakistan Democratic Movement], we don’t want to win them over and nor have we ever tried.” In response to a query about his many attempts to find an agreement with the PDM, he made the remark. “They have set out on a propaganda of lies to save themselves and we have come against these thieves.”
“we are ready for [facing] accountability”we are prepared to [face] accountability. Khattak claimed that this was the normal misinformation and criticism against him by the opposition.
The Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit project was funded, he said, by the Asian Development Bank, which supervised much of its operations as well. He explained that the position of the provincial government was limited to supervising its progress and authorising final payment cheques.