PML-Q 'Unification Bloc' formed

Over 40 PML-Q MPAs have sought separate seats in the Punjab Assembly.


Express February 02, 2011

LAHORE: Forty four PML-Q MPAs have sought separate seats in the Punjab Assembly in a meeting with Punjab Assembly speaker Rana Iqbal Khan on Wednesday.

The breakaway group known as the "Unification Bloc" of the PML sides with the treasury in the assembly and has sought the speaker's approval to sit on separate seats.

The group, which claims to have over 40 members on board, has chosen Tahir Ali Javed, a former provincial health minister as their leader.

The move came after the ruling PML-N felt the need to strengthen the treasury in case the coalition PPP partners decide to quit the government.

Political observers feel that if this group decides to side with the treasury, a prolonged legal battle on who really represents PML-Q may ensue.

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