Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that politics isn’t for the “weak-hearted” and vowed to not resign for as long as he has the arrogance of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan.
“I will stay as a minister till I even have the trust of Prime Minister Imran Khan. there’s no doubt of resigning on someone else’s wish,” Fawad tweeted Thursday, pertaining to Punjab Information Minister Fayazul Hasan Chohan, who had asked the federal minister to step down following the former’s claims concerning rifts among the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
In an interview from earlier in the week , Fawad had claimed that the PTI did not bring “tabdeeli” [change] thanks to the in-fighting between Asad Umar, Jahangir Tareen and Shah Mahmood Qureshi after the formation of its government, which was followed by the ouster of the political class from PM Imran’s core team.
With Fawad drawing criticism from his colleagues for also disclosing that the premier had warned his ministers to perform within six months, many reportedly approached PM Imran, urging him to require action against the science and technology minister.
It was followed by the PM telling his cabinet members to take care of unity within the party. Addressing a presser after a gathering of the federal cabinet chaired by PM Imran, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz said that Fawad’s interview with the Voice of America came under discussion during the cupboard meeting.
“Fawad Chaudhry’s interview was discussed within the cabinet [meeting] and therefore the prime minister said we should always maintain unity within the party,” Faraz said.
During the cupboard meeting, the knowledge minister said that the prime minister has instructed the ministers and party leaders to not mention things that “affect” the party or the govt .
According to reports, the premier has now also held separate meetings with federal ministers. those that held meetings with Imran included Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, secretary of state Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives Asad Umar.
During the meetings, the PM discussed the disorder and warmth during the federal cabinet meeting.
On the occasion, Umar and Qureshi apprised the premier on their respective positions and offered explanations.
Umar reportedly raised before PM Imran the difficulty of Fawad’s statements, to which the premier directed his cabinet members to exercise caution and maintain unity.
Vawda, on the opposite hand, openly criticised policies of Umar, Adviser to PM on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood also as Special Assistant to PM on Petroleum Division Nadeem Babar. He also reportedly accused some people of “conspiring from within the cabinet”.
“There may be a game being played here and that we cannot sit silent,” he said, adding that folks thought that that they had become the prime minister.