Former governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar vehemently criticised the PTI leadership on Sunday after he was removed from the office reportedly “on the advice of PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.”
The ex-governor, addressing a press conference shortly after being sacked, criticized tha government for electing Usman Buzdar as the chief minister.
Sarwar said that despite having several prominent candidates, including Fawad Chaudhry, PM Imran decided to pick Usman Buzdar as the chief minister as only he could move Punjab towards the goal of “Naya Pakistan”.
“All of PTI workers — in Punjab, Pakistan — and the federal ministers complained to us whether this was the Pakistan that we wanted where the chief secretary and inspectors general are changed every three months,” the former governor said.
Sarwar said keeping aside everyone’s reservations, he vowed to stand behind the prime minister. “On the one hand, there was the prime minister and on the other, it was the entire PTI.”
“Bribery has reached the grassroots levels, but we vowed to stand with Imran Khan.”
The ex-governor said that when he had offered to resign voluntarily, why was there a need to dismiss him. “Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Pervez Khattak are witnesses to it.”
Sarwar said he was asked to do “unconstitutional things”. He explained that once Buzdar had resigned from his post, despite it not being approved and notified, the prime minister and PTI leadership asked him to call a session of the Punjab Assembly to elect the new chief minister.
“I asked them to not make me do illegal things […] I told them that they can have me resign, but I will not do unconstitutional acts,” the ex-governor said.
Meanwhile, insiders said that Sarwar has been removed from his post on Pervaiz Elahi’s request, for allegedly campaigning for Hamza Shehbaz in the election of the chief minister.
Elahi was contesting against the opposition’s candidate, Hamza, for the coveted slot of the chief minister.
Insiders said that Elahi directly complained to PM Imran about Sarwar after which the premier advised the president to remove the governor.
Moving on, Sarwar said he is being blamed for playing on both sides, but noted that he was not interesed in the politics of “foul language” and warned that if he was attacked, he would retaliate.
Lashing out at the prime minister, everyone has the right to an independent foreign policy, but a country should remain within their boundaries.
“We cannot bear enmity with America […] states build relations with other countries on the economic status of others,” the ex-governor said.
Sarwar urged the prime minister to not drag international politics into domestic politics.
OMER CHEEMA APPOINTED GOVERNOR: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, announcing the government’s decision, said that PTI’s leader Omer Sarfaraz Cheema has been appointed as the new Punjab governor.