Ever since Prime Minister Imran Khan came to power, his government has failed to deliver many of his promises. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has revealed the real reasons why the PTI government failed to perform In an interview with Voice of America, Chaudary said the hidden conflict between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Planning Minister Asad Umar, and PTI leader Jahangir Tareen impacted the party. In short, there is a major rift in the party.
“There was a lot of expectation from PTI and Imran Khan,” Chaudhry said during the interview, “The public had not elected us or the prime minister to reform the system.”
“When the Panama case was resolved I and few others had a chance to speak to Imran Khan and at that time I felt his ideas were very clear when it came to reforms,” he said.
Chaudary added, “The way he said the chief ministers had become dictators in Sindh and the finance commission award should be there along with police reforms, judicial reforms, it was very clear at that time what Imran Khan’s vision was.”
The minister said that one of the key issues was the inner conflict amidst the senior leadership of PTI that included Tareen, Umar, and Qureshi. Reciprocally, this led to a political vacuum.
“When the political vacuum was created, it was filled up with new people who were not from politics,” he said.
“When your core team was disturbed it was filled with new people who were frankly not aligned with ideas and won’t be and don’t have the capacity to either,” he added.
‘There is no leader like Imran Khan in the Muslim world’
Replying to a question about whether the PM did not get a skillful team or if it was his shortcoming, Chaudhry said PM Imran Khan selected the team.
“There is no leader like Imran Khan in the Muslim world. You can disagree with him but look at the Turkish leadership which is unacceptable to the West or the Iranian and Saudi leadership which has its controversies. Moreover, he added, Imran Khan is the only leader who brought the Muslim world together.”
Chaudhry added, “I can understand about Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto who took weak people and gave them important positions because they had the vision to transfer their leadership (to their children).”
“They had no other vision.” Chaudhry added, “The best people should have been there (appointed to government positions) but it affected the way things were.”
‘JKT had Asad Umar removed from finance ministry’
“When (Asad) Umar became the finance minister, (Jahangir] Tareen had him removed as the finance minister. Then when Umar came back (to the cabinet) he had Tareen removed. Similarly, Qureshi met Tareen to talk, but nothing could materialize,” Chaudhry said.
He continued, “I could not understand because fights happen in parties but I think the internal fights between these top three to four leaders not only affected the party but the entire political class whose place was then taken over by bureaucrats.”
Courtesy: Voice of America