Jahangir Tareen attending govt, PTI meetings unacceptable: Qureshi

FM Qureshi calls for unity to cope with internal, external challenges

LAHORE: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen’s presence in official meetings gives the opposition something to talk about.
Responding to a question during a press conference in Lahore earlier today, Qureshi criticised the leader’s attendance in government and PTI meetings. “I will ask Tareen to think, whenever you sit in official meetings Marriyum Aurangzeb gets a chance to talk,” he remarked.
“The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz raises questions that whether this is contempt of court. The PTI representative is mentally unable to accept this,” the foreign minister added.
On the issue of renaming the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Qureshi said it will not be a “politically correct” decision and will be equivalent to making a non-issue an issue.
“Changing its name will not be politically correct. The issue is not of the programme’s name but work and renaming it will be equivalent to making an issue out of a non-issue,” he remarked.
“Pakistan Peoples Party’s future cannot be seen in Punjab and ahead of the elections, no one expected the party to form the government in the province.
“What Bilawal is about to do will cause damage. PPP cannot be successful without getting rid of its declining faces.”
PTI leader Jahangir Tareen, responding to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s remarks that his presence in official meetings gives the opposition something to talk about, said “no one can stop him from serving Pakistan.”
“No one including Shah Mehmood Qureshi can stop me from serving Pakistan. Wherever I go, I go [as per] the wishes of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” Tareen added.

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