LAHORE: The Jahangir Khan Tareen (JKT) camp has decided to support the no-confidence motion of the joint opposition, both in Centre and Punjab province.
According to the sources, the JKT camp also decided in principle to lend support to Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi in Punjab, if it gets approval from the opposition.
The JKT camp will support Ch Pervaiz instead of putting its weight behind Aleem Khan, who recently met PMLN supremo Nawaz Sharif in London.
Sources also said that the JKT camp claimed to have 8 to 10 MNAs in Centre and 22 to 26 MPAs in Punjab, adding that the camp was not interested in supporting Aleem Khan due to several reasons.
Inside party sources said, “when we stood against Usman Buzdar in the past, Aleem Khan avoided joining any side at that time”.
Sources said former president Asif Ali Zardari and PMLN President Mian Shehbaz Sharif might announce the name of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as the next chief minister of Punjab for the rest of the one-and-a-half-year tenure of the current assemblies.
Sources said the Chaudhry brothers wanted to get an assurance for the slot of Punjab chief minister during the 2023-28 period, but it was not agreed upon by the joint opposition and they offered CM-ship to Chaudhry Pervaiz for the remaining tenure of the present government.
Sources in the PMLN claimed that the Chaudhry brothers may join the PMLN, but even then they will not get the slot of CM Punjab but might get some good posts in the federal government as well as in Punjab.
A senior leader of the JKT camp, Raja Riaz, also confirmed that the JKT camp will support joint opposition’s planned no-confidence in the Centre. And in the case of Punjab, they will support Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi for the slot of chief minister Punjab.