Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen has admitted for the first time that he used his aircraft to approach independents who had won in different constituencies across Punjab to establish the party’s government.
Jahangir Tareen confessed while addressing a gathering on Monday at Kahror Pacca tehsil of Lodhran district that he took the government to task over the growing price hike and advised the rulers to put all other issues aside and try to control inflation first.
A video clip of Jahangir Tareen disclosing the details as to how he helped Imran Khan by informing the government in Punjab went viral on media on Tuesday.
The opposition parties have been accusing PTI of horse-trading and buying the loyalty of independent members using Mr. Tareen’s money to create the Punjab cabinet. Tareen acknowledged his role in this regard for the first time, albeit he did not elaborate on how he persuaded the independents to join the PTI.
Addressing the gathering, Tareen said there was a shortage of some seats (to form a government in Punjab) even though the PTI had succeeded in elections in the province.
“You all are well aware that then the plane flew. We had eight seats less as compared to them (the PML-N), while there were 23 MPAs who won the election as independent candidates, out of whom some were from the PTI as well. I received a message from Imran Khan that there was no use of our government (at Centre) without (government in) Punjab, over which I told him not to worry, and with the grace of Allah, it was done. Similarly, there was a shortage of eight to nine MNAs. However, I don’t want to go into details,” said Tareen.
Without elaborating, he mentioned that efforts were started to create a gulf between him and Imran Khan, soon after forming government in Punjab.
“I had no issue even with this, but the conspirators were well aware that I will be a constant danger if my relations (with Imran Khan) are not severed completely, and to achieve this purpose, they worked for one and half years. They went against me to the extent no government went against any person. Again I stood honoured. Two ministers, (some) MNAs and MPAs took a stand for my sake, and even in front of Imran Khan, they said that injustice had been done with me while people of their constituencies also welcomed their stance,” he said.
He stated that his group was once again active and that future decisions will be made in light of the country’s shifting political circumstances.
“Two years are left to the election ….. we will take decisions while keeping in view the changing political situation; a decision that will be in favour of Pakistan. I am thankful to all those ministers, advisers, and parliamentarians who are standing with me,” he added.
While sharing his personal feelings, Mr. Tareen said there were ups and downs in his politics, but his efforts were for the sake of Pakistan, not for personal gain.
“I worked hard day and night for eight years, and my efforts were not for my personal gains, rather it was for Pakistan. I was making efforts as I believed that Imran Khan was different from all other politicians”, he said.
Jahangir Tareen said when he was disqualified “in the outcome of a wrong and rubbish decision” barely six months before the election, he left the country, but he did not abandon Imran Khan. He claimed that while he was away, he had a conversation with his son, who stated that “if today I make an announcement that I will not work for the PTI anymore, it means whatever I was doing was only for the sake of personal gains.”
“Thus, I had decided that I would continue my struggle for the PTI with the same spirit, and ultimately, we succeeded,” he said.
Talking to the media on Monday, Jahangir Tareen said the Government had failed to control the price hikes, which is why people were suffering.