The federal government has informed the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), which is its important ally in the Centre and Punjab, that it will not be able to provide the party the position of chief minister(CM) of Punjab in exchange for backing a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to government sources, the PML-Q has been informed that they can accept the position if the PML-N agrees to offer it to them in exchange for voting against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the no-trust vote, which is currently underway.
“We are prepared to make any additional concessions to them in addition to providing them with the chief minister’s position,” they stated.
The statement came after sources familiar with discussions between federal ministers and leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) said that the party’s key ally in the Centre had requested the government to provide clarification on the removal of Punjab’s chief minister.
Q-League leaders conveyed their desire for a firm stance on the chief ministership to the government team, telling them that they will react after consulting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The PML-Q expressed disappointment that the promises made on the first day of their participation in the coalition had not been fulfilled, and that after being promised two ministries in the Centre, the second ministry was only awarded to them after more than three years.
“Whenever the government found itself in trouble, the Q-League stepped in to save the day, but the PTI, on the other hand, treated them as if they were the opposition,” they claimed, citing PML-Q leaders who claimed that, aside from when the government was in trouble, the PTI leaders had never approached the party for redress of their grievances.
Asad Umar refused to react to a question, stating that their discussions on the CM Punjab position were still ongoing and that he was unable to provide a response.