Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday invited his government allies to a luncheon, sources said, expressing frustration over the issues facing coalition partners.
Coalition parties, including the Muslim League (F), other GDA political parties and the MQMP, allegedly took a hard line in forwarding their grievances, and eventually the Prime Minister had to make concessions and close his grievances. Have to agree to
Sources said that the allies expressed concerns over non-provision of development funds and non-provision of development projects in their constituencies. The sources added that they also protested against the unresolved issues of the people in their constituencies.
Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr Fehmida Mirza lamented that neither the federal government nor the Sindh government has initiated any mega project or development work in Sindh.
“The people of Sindh are being treated like stepchildren,” Dr Mirza complained, urging Prime Minister Imran Khan to address his concerns.
“It is inappropriate to ignore elected parliamentarians in the federal government’s plans,” he added, raising his concerns about Sindh affairs and the injustices of the PPP-led provincial setup.
“We are your allies, but the government does not prove it.”
According to sources, the PML-F also took part in expressing concerns over the neglect felt by the people of Sindh.
“We are your allies, but the government does nothing to prove it,” Pagara was quoted as saying.
The MQM-P and GDA also spoke about their views on the Sindh government, noting that the PPP has authority over every department in the province.
Coalition members further alleged that the Sindh bureaucracy was running federal projects according to the PPP’s own wishes and aspirations.
The MQM-P expressed concern over the implementation of the Karachi Transformation Plan (KTP) and demanded that the promises made to the southern port city be fulfilled.
“Work on the KTP has been extremely slow,” Karachi-based party representatives said. He further said that the people of Karachi were being affected due to non-cooperation of Sindh government.
The MQM-P accused the Sindh government of nepotism over the Ehsan program and transfer from the Bait-ul-Mal government, saying only the provincial government was supported or they knew they were being retaliated against.
“The Sindh government is deliberately ignoring our constituencies,” the MQM leaders lamented.
Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, a Karachi-based party member, raised the issue of missing party workers and cases related to Karachi.
Prime Minister Imran Khan says that you will see the implementation soon
Sources had earlier revealed that Akhtar Mengal-led BNP-M and PML-Q had blocked Prime Minister Imran Khan’s luncheon invitation, where Mutton Plow, Haleem and Kher presented to allies Were gone
Among the participants were Senate Chairperson Sadiq Sanjarani, Planning Minister Asad Umar, and Usman Bazdar, Jam Kamal Khan, and Mahmood Khan, Chief Ministers of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Kamal complained about the federal government’s failure to deliver on its promises and spoke about the government’s performance and problems in Balochistan.
Sources further said that Omar briefed the guests on Pakistan’s economy and reforms. He observed that the economic situation of the country has improved a lot.
After protests and reservations from coalition members, the prime minister said he had heard concerns and that coalition parties would “see implementation soon.”
“All the promises we made to the allies will be fulfilled,” he added. “We are all united to make Pakistan better.
Complaining about the opposition, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that they were “bent on harming Pakistan”.
“The opposition is trying its best to blackmail me,” he claimed. “You all know I’m not going to be blackmailed.”
The prime minister said he wanted to talk to the opposition, but that he was “asking for an NRO”.
Referring to the controversial corruption cases against Pakistan’s anti-graft watchdog and opposition leaders, he asked, “What good is dialogue if we have to make concessions in NAB matters?”
“If the terms are about personal interests, the talks will be meaningless,” he said.
In the next two and a half years, just focus on performance, says Imran Khan
The prime minister said his party, the PTI, would “win the next elections based on our performance” in the next two and a half years.
“The government and its allies will perform in the next two and a half years,” he said. He vowed that the next general election would be “the most transparent” in Pakistan’s history.
On rising prices, the prime minister sought the views of his allies on inflation. Sources said that he responded by saying that the government is very important to deal with it.
According to sources, the coalition leaders noted that inflation is very high and advised that tough measures are needed.
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The prime minister said he agreed with the need to take tough measures to tackle inflation. Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government was working regularly to control inflation, the economic indicators were improving rapidly, and exports had increased.
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