Punjab lawmakers support chief minister, says Awan
January 27 2020 01:03 AM
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan


Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has refuted claims about things going awry for the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) in Punjab.
Addressing a press conference in her hometown Sialkot, she said that all provincial legislators have voiced confidence in the leadership of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
She said that for the past week, there have been reports about a “forward bloc” in Punjab, of reservations expressed by the government’s coalition partners, and about Buzdar’s leadership.
Commenting on Buzdar’s meeting with a group of party legislators on Saturday, Awan said: “After voicing all of their concerns and reservations, all (lawmakers) in Punjab have once again expressed confidence in Buzdar’s leadership.
“This is surely not good news for ‘trend- setters’ and ‘agenda-setters’ in the media and in the opposition.”
She added that “our [the government’s] coalition partners are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the government.
“Whether it is the Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) or other political parties, they are determined to put the country on the road to progress.”
Calling out Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, Awan said: “The people of the country want Pakistan to progress.
“For the country to progress, it is necessary that the parties which have been given a mandate by the people for five years, play their constitutional role in legislating.”
She maintained that during the prime minister’s visit to Lahore, Khan will meet lawmakers and review ongoing development projects in the province as well as give orders to fasttrack certain schemes.
“Ultimately, the people’s government is answerable to the people. Eventually, through the prime minister’s reform agenda, you will see that each new day will bring some betterment to the country and each attack by the opposition to make the government fail, will backfire.
“Instead of speaking out against the government, and trying to lead the people astray, the opposition should fulfil their role in parliament and help the government in legislating,” she stressed.

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