Infighting between Tareen, Qureshi ,Asad Umar damaged PTI: Fawad

Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that infighting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Planning Minister Asad Umar and PTI leader Jahangir Tareen affected the party a lot and has been one of the main reasons behind Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision not going according to plan. “There was a lot of expectation from PTI and Imran Khan,” Chaudhry said in an interview with Voice of America. “The public had not elected us or the prime minister to fix nuts and bolts but 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. The minister 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.” Chaudhry said that one of the main problems was the infighting between the PTI’s senior leadership that included Umar, Tareen and Qureshi. Hence, this level 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. This infighting affected the party a lot especially the political class, he stated. “They had no other vision,” Chaudhry said, adding that PM Imran did not have the same problem. “The best people should have been there [appointed to government positions] but it affected the way things were,” he added. When asked why despite having the political might of Qureshi and Pervez Khattak in the Cabinet, things turned out the way they were, the science and technology minister said they tried to make them [Tareen and Umar] reconcile but it could not happen. “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 materialise,” Chaudhry said. He added, “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. When asked why despite having the political might of Qureshi and Pervez Khattak in the Cabinet, things turned out the way they were, the science and technology minister said they tried to make them [Tareen and Umar] reconcile but it could not happen. “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 materialise,” Chaudhry said. He added, “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.”