KARACHI: Infighting within the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s top leadership caused harm to the party’s reform agenda, admitted Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Monday.
In an interview with the USA media outlet, Fawad Chaudhry said that “frankly, bickering among Jehangir Tareen, Asad Umar and Shah Mehmood Qureshi has pushed the political class out of the game. The political vacuum created by the infighting was filled up with new people who were not from a political background,” he said.
“Imran’s core team fell apart. The new people are frankly not aligned with his idea and maybe don’t have the capacity to do so. The infighting has caused a lot of harm to the party, especially its political cadre,” he added.
The people had a lot of expectations from the PTI government and Imran khan not just to slight changes in the system but to fix the system as a whole.
Alluding to the government’s perceived failure, the minister said that when the internal team was weak, then one could not focus on external politics. And this was the reason that the PTI had not been able to implement its reforms agenda, he said.
“Look at the parliamentary leadership and the provincial leadership. Can you expect civilian supremacy from this leadership?” he asked.
“When Asad Umar was the finance minister, Jahangir Tareen made all the efforts to have him removed. When Asad Umar returned, he cut off Tareen. The infighting didn’t stop and bureaucrats took over,” the minister said.