Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that Mohsin Naqvi’s appointment as the interim Punjab chief minister will make the polls “controversial” in the province. 

Speaking to journalists in Multan, the former foreign minister said that the PTI has serious reservations regarding Naqvi’s appointment.

Last Sunday, Naqvi took oath as the caretaker CM amid controversies and disagreements among Punjab’s political stakeholders. His appointment has not been welcomed by the PTI, who decided to “take to the streets” against the decision. 

“We accepted the name suggested by the Opposition in KP for the caretaker CM. In Punjab, we tried to suggest a name which is acceptable for the Pakistan Democratic Movement,” Qureshi said while regretting that no solution to the matter was found.

He said that his party recorded its protest to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over the appointment of an interim CM.

“As a political party, we have the right to express our reservations,” Qureshi said.

About Fawad Chaudhry’s arrest, Qureshi said that those who believed in the rule of law were surprised today. An FIR was stated to be the reason behind the arrest.

“The truth is that PTI has to be put under pressure,” Qureshi said.

He also condemned the appointment of Bilal Siddique Kamyana as the Lahore capital city police officer, saying that an official who tortured PTI workers on May 25 was selected for the post.


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