Salik conveys Shujaat’s important message to Zardari


Shujaat doesn’t see polls happening anytime soon

Pakistan Muslim League-Q MNA Chaudhry Salik Hussain has conveyed an important message of his father, party’s president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, to Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

Sources said that the meeting lasted for about 45 minutes. During the meeting, Chaudhry Salik Hussain conveyed an important message of his father to Asif Ali Zardari.

The former president lauded the political wisdom and acumen of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. Salik Hussain left Bilawal House after receiving answers from the PPP Co-Chairman.

The meeting came after former premier and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan announced to dissolve Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies on December 23.

A day earlier, PM Shehbaz Sharif called on PML-Q President Ch Shujaat Hussain at his residence in Lahore and discussed country’s ‘political and economic situation’.

According to a statement, PM Shehbaz Sharif enquired about his health and presented him with a bouquet of flowers. Meanwhile, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Monday said that he does not see general elections happening anytime soon, adding that Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi “may remain in power for the next four to five months”.

Shujaat expressed these remarks while talking to the media after meeting Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at his residence in Lahore — his second meeting with the prime minister in the last 24 hours. PML-N leader Salik Hussain, Atta Tarar and Malik Ahmed were also present during the meeting. Chaudhry Shujaat said that the

future political strategy would be decided with the consensus of other parties. “The PPP and PML-N are considering their options, including the option of a no-confidence vote,” he said

Shujaat said that he was not in contact with the Pakistan Democratic Movement but with Asif Ali Zardari and Shehbaz Sharif. “There’s a bit of tension about Punjab [Assembly], but soon a solution will come up,” he added.

The PML-Q chief said that if Pervaiz Elahi decides, he can remain in power for the next four to five months. “I do not see elections happening anytime soon because, while some people are trying to dissolve the assembly, others are attempting to save it,” he added.

The former prime minister further said that PTI chief Imran Khan was a wise man and does not need any consultation.

The ruling coalition has tasked Chaudhry Shujaat with preventing the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly by his cousin and fellow PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

According to sources, it was agreed that the federal ministers from the PML-N would contact the Pakistan Democratic Movement leaders for consultation on moving a no-confidence motion in the Punjab Assembly or asking Chief Minister Elahi to seek a vote of confidence.

“Political contacts and meetings will continue during the next three to four days,” the PML-Q leader said, adding that they would jointly devise their strategy to counter the PTI’s plan.