Punjab govt refutes report on rifts with PML-Q

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The Punjab government on Wednesday rejected a report which claimed that the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) – an ally of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in Punjab and Centre – has taken over the administrative affairs of the province from Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
According to the publication, PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi and Punjab Chief Secretary Azam Suleman have agreed to a roadmap for the distribution of public funds at a recently-held meeting.
“Rs 20 billion will be issued as development funds for the constituencies bagged by PML-Q candidates. The party will also be given free-hand to direct and appoint/re-appoint the bureaucrats posted in those constituencies,” the report added.
The publication stated that Buzdar was frustrated over the development and has even complained to Jahangir Tareen, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s point man.
However, in its response, the Punjab government dubbed the report as “baseless and factually incorrect”. Punjab government spokesperson Musarrat Cheema, through a series of tweets, said that the government was “considering legal action against reporter and news outlet for such malicious reporting”.