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Jahangir Khan Tareen’s group’s ‘rebellion’ has both perplexed and encouraged the opposition. They are encouraged because the grouping within the PTI that was much talked about is now out in the open. What the combined might of the PDM could not do, this group might just be able to accomplish.

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But the opposition is vexed too. If this group fails, Imran Khan may become more powerful. The failure of the JKT gang would lead to nipping in the bud of every future rebel.

Much is being speculated about, especially the alleged contacts established between the JKT group and the two main opposition parties, PML-N and PPP. Rumors say that a meeting between Shehbaz Sharif and Tareen is imminent. The chances of such a meeting are quite dim. Not only is Jahangir Tareen an astute politician but he is also a smart businessman. He takes only calculated steps. Already, the party Chairman, Imran Khan, views the formation of this group as a challenge to his authority. They are skimming the border on the red area. Any future miscalculation could see them outside the party instead of being inside it.

And if by chance such a meeting does happen, then it will potentially have more negative political consequences than positive ones. Imran Khan will have the chance to make his narrative stronger. As is usual for him, he will term this the unity of corrupts. He once again repeated in Peshawar that he will not give an NRO, a hint to the group.

The formation of the JKT group did not happen without reason. The group has three main grievances. The foremost one is that the Prime Minister is surrounded by the ‘Karachi Group’ of his party, who are behind the cases against Tareen. Under Asad Umar’s leadership, the group has become stronger and lobbies for its own causes in the PM office. The second reason is that the group, comprised mainly of members from South Punjab, is not happy with Shah Mahmud Qureshi’s behavior. The Foreign minister and Tareen have a long history of enemity. Qureshi is still unable to forget his defeat at the hands of Salman Naeem in his home constituency. He also benefitted the most from Tareen’s disqualification at the hands of the Supreme Court. Today, although his influence within the government has increased, in his home region of South Punjab, his influence is waning while Tareen’s is getting stronger by the day.

The third and most important grievance is about Punjab Chief Minister, Sardar Usman Buzdar. For those in the know, it is common knowledge that Imran Khan is the de facto Chief Minister of Punjab. Buzdar and Khan are one and the same. Chief Minister hopefuls have raised the rumors multiple times that Buzdar is on his way out. A section of media was also recruited to play up the impression that Buzdar did not deserve the seat given to him. Tareen group knows all of this, yet its target is clear. But silence from the establishment seems to have given the group a hint; proceed at your own cost.

Displaying uncharacteristic political wisdom, the government has decided to give the Tareen group a way out. Once Usman Buzdar addresses the complaints of the group, the forward block will hold far less threat. The situation will shift back towards normalcy although differences will remain. As for those people who were hoping for Chaudhary Nisar or Shehbaz Sharif to take advantage of the situation, I ask, why would Tareen do all the hard work only for the fruit to fall into PML-N’s lap?

And now for the important question, how will the budget be passed through the assembly? Exactly in the same way as it has been since the previous two years. The Tareen group will give their vote, and PML-N will become a silent spectator. Shehbaz Sharif will pay the price for another two years for a shot in 2023. After all, the same page story hasn’t changed much yet.

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Maryam Nawaz asks people to trust Dar for economic revival

The PML-N senior vice-president has said that her father Nawaz Sharif will soon be back to Pakistan and lashed out at the political opponents, saying that she is going start campaign for the next general elections.

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Lahore:  PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Saturday addressed the party workers soon after arrival in Lahore from long stay in London and UAE.

Maryam Nawaz said Nawaz Sharif was still the most popular leader in the country as he always raised voice for the problems of the people.

“Assalamo Alaikum from me and from Nawaz Sharif,” said the PML-N senior vice president while addressing the charged crowed at the Lahore airport.

She stated that Nawaz Sharif would soon be back among his supporters in the country despite that they [the opponents] forced him to leave the country but he was still popular and would soon be back to the country.

“He [Nawaz Sharif ] will return to the country with the blessings of Almighty and with your support and love,” said Maryam.

She said promised with the country, with the party workers that she would not rest until the problems of the people were resolved after new responsibility.

The PML-N leader stated that all those who hatched conspiracy against Nawaz Sharif had met their fate.

While addressing the public, Maryam Nawaz said that she and her father realized the troubles of the people amid soaring inflation.

“But it was Nawaz Sharif who took the country out of crises thrice and now again he will steer it out of the crises and challenges,” said Maryam.

“Nawaz Sharif was forced to leave the country over an iqama,”.

PML-N Lahore chapter president Saiful Malook Khokhar and other party leaders organized a warm welcome for Maryam Nawaz.

She lashed out at PTI chief Imran Khan, saying that “now the accountability of the last four years will be held at the first,”.

She asked the people to trust Almighty and Ishaq Dar and the country would, God willing, be out of economic crisis.

The PML-N opponents, she said, would continue to cry the rest of their lives as recently they broke their government.

“Recently, they had government in Punjab, Balochistan, KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan but they blamed the PML-N for their own failures,” she added.

She claimed that PML-N and its supporters did not have any kind of fears about the next general elections, saying that her party would win the next general elections with majority.

“I underwent three hours long surgery and the doctors told me that I narrowly escaped the damage. They held my passport but Thank God everything went well,” said Maryam, adding that she felt mercy for these people who were now crying.

She also took promise from the party supporters that they would stand by Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif for the sake of the country.

“if you make promise I also promise that I will not rest until your problems are addressed,” she added.

Maryam also revealed that she would tour different parts of the country to lead the party’s campaign.

She spent time in London with her father, underwent surgery in a European country and then went to the UAE where she stayed for few days and returned from there to Pakistan.

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LHC fixes for next week Imran’s plea against his removal as party chairman

The PTI Chief has maintained that the electoral watchdog exceeded its powers by trying to remove him as the party’s chairman.

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Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) will take up petition of PTI Chief Imran Khan challenging Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) proceedings to remove him as chairman of the party.

The court will hear the plea next week.

According to the details, Imran Khan maintained that the electoral watchdog was exceeding its powers by trying to remove him as PTI chairperson.

The court had previously issued issued a stay order on Khan’s removal as PTI Chairman.

The development took place after the ECP started proceedings to strip PTI chief Imran Khan of his party’s chairmanship following his disqualification in the Toshakhana reference.

Earlier, the Lahore High Court stopped the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from removing Khan as chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

 The legal battle started after disqualification of Imran Khan in Thoshakhana reference. However, Imran Khan was declared successful on several other seats of the national assembly at the later stage but despite that the legal battle is underway.

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Maryam Nawaz reaches Lahore

The PML-N leader is also expected to address party workers gathered at the reception camp. 

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Lahore: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) Senior Vice President and Chief Organizer Maryam Nawaz Saturday returned to Pakistan.  

As per the details, Maryam Nawaz’s flight from Abu Dhabi landed in Lahore at around 3:30pm, after a three-and-a-half-month hiatus.  

The political leader has returned on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-264, and landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airpot after a brief delay in her flight.

Upon arrival, Maryam took to Twitter and wrote: "Paak sar zameen shaad baad {May the sacred land, stay glad}"

A huge number of PML-N workers in the provincial capital gathered outside the airport to welcome the leader. Moreover, banners and posters have been displayed on the way from the airport to Jati Umrah. 

The PML-N leader is also expected to address party workers gathered at the reception camp. 

 

 

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