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Ruling PTI’s internal turmoil becoming visible

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 17th January, 2022 08:03:57 PM
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Ruling PTI’s internal turmoil becoming visible

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ISLAMABAD - The internal turmoil of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers is becoming visible with each passing day at a time when opposition is trying to build up pressure on the government to get some political gains.

Earlier this week, the two leaders of the PTI became defiant to their own federal government’s policies and performance with one of them holding responsible his own party for ‘present chaos’ in the country. Before this, a PTI ticket holder from Sargodha in Punjab joined Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) following his meeting with the party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, according to some media reports.

There can be different scenarios for the present commotion prevailing within PTI ranks and this raises different questions. Is a forward bloc of the PTI finally taking shape?  Are PTI lawmakers dissatisfied with the performance of their own government and trying to pacify their voters? And are some of the electables within the ruling party are weighing their options for 2023 general election.

At the same time, capital is rife with rumours that over two dozens lawmakers of PTI are either in contact with opposition’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) or Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) before formally joining either of these two parties.

On last Thursday, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak who is also the central leader of PTI and former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in the parliamentary party meeting of ruling party had entered into hard argument with Prime Minister Imran Khan over shortage of natural gas and ban on new connections of the utility in north western province. The situation became worse when PM Imran Khan accused Khattak of ‘blackmailing him’.

A day after, PTI MNA from Peshawar Noor Alam Khan also became critical of his own government. He, while speaking on the floor of National Assembly, accused the cabinet members including PM himself for ‘present chaos’ in the country and proposed to place their names on the no-fly list to get the country out of this situation.

PTI insiders and political analysts rule out the possibility of formation of a forward bloc of the ruling party at the moment. And there are slim chances that the lawmakers, sitting on the treasury benches will join any of the opposition party much ahead of the next general election. It is crystal clear that PTI lawmakers will keep on trying to put more pressure on their own government to get maximum development funds and new connections of gas and other utilities to woo their voters before next polls.

Many within PTI are convinced that the party lawmakers are dissatisfied with the performance of PM Imran Khan’s government as they have to bear the brunt of public anger due to rising inflation and other governance related issues. While showing their anger on the party performance in official meetings and in public, they are not only soothing their voters but also are putting pressure on the government to get completed development projects in their own constituencies.

It is a fact that electables do not stay long in any party and they keep on looking for other options to grab any opportunity. They always join the new party that has more bright chances to come into power. Many of the politicians and lawmakers belonging to PTI are also weighing their options for 2023 election.

Source: The Nation