Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Raja Riaz has said that the 40 lawmakers that are standing by estranged PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen will be forced to look elsewhere if Prime Minister Imran Khan fails to listen to their grievances.

Riaz, who had appeared alongside Tareen in a banking court in Lahore, said that they were “still seeking justice under the umbrella of the PTI”. “We will have no option left if PM Imran refuses to listen to us,” he warned.

In a warning to the prime minister, MNA Riaz said that the “PM shouldn’t push us [Tareen and allies], else we will be forced to make our next move”.

It seems the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) is facing strong internal opposition after a “group of 30 lawmakers” led by Jahangir Khan Tareen accompanied the disgruntled PTI leader on his appearance before a banking court in Lahore for bail in cases against him.

Tareen, once a right-hand of Prime Minister Imran Khan, has been facing cases in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) over alleged money laundering and involvement in a mega sugar scam.

Earlier, Tareen had shot down rumours that he would join the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He had said: “We are the party and we will remain in it. If we don’t stay then where will we go?”

Last Friday, Tareen hosted a dinner for his allied lawmakers which was attended by eight MNAs, including two ministers, and 10 MPAs. These lawmakers also accompanied him to the court the next day in a show of power.


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