Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that Imran Khan respects him a lot and that he (Hashmi) himself had recommended Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s name for the party’s deputy parliamentary leader in the National Assembly.
Speaking in the Express News talk-show To The Point, he said Imran respected him as he would respect his father and refuted rumours of any differences between him and his party chief, adding that he had met the latter on Tuesday as well.
Hashmi also said that he did not find himself suitable for the position of deputy parliamentary leader because the position required someone who could endure physical and mental stress.
He dispelled the notion that he was not visiting the National Assembly since Qureshi was elected deputy parliamentary leader. “I was present even today and I sat with Qureshi.”
Hashmi said he believed in respecting everyone despite political differences and said that personal attacks should not be allowed.
He, however, cited an incident when the youth had objected to his calling the former military dictator respectfully.
“It seems that these days values are changing and there is a generation gap. Some people think that if you have differences with someone, you should start beating him with a stick rather than discussing the issue with reason and logic.”
He also acknowledged that Nawaz Sharif is the leader of the house. Referring to his controversial statement about calling Nawaz his leader, he said that in order to avoid confusing the youth – the future of PTI – he decided to withdraw his statement.
He said there was a time when Nawaz Sharif would drive his car for miles and would wait for him outside his room, but now he is in a respectable position and is the leader of the house.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2013.