Fawad concerned over rise of 'extremist parties' like JUI-F and TLP

Minister hits back at 'political dwarfs' for criticising PM, urges PTI workers to stay united after K-P LG poll defeat

News Desk December 21, 2021
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry is addressing a press conference in Islamabad on July 27. PHOTO: PID/FILE

Terming the victory of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) local bodies elections "unfortunate", Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that he is dismayed at the development, a day after the stunning defeat of the ruling party in the LG polls.

"I am dismayed at Maulana Fazlur Rehman's Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam's win in K-P... it was our mistakes that led to their victory," he said, adding, "The country will plunge deeper into turmoil in the absence of PTI and if parties like Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and JUI-F come into power."

Fawad made the remarks during a media talk following a briefing of the federal cabinet, in Islamabad on Tuesday.

He hoped that the leadership and workers of PTI will take heed from the failure and reorganise themselves.

Calling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, JUI-F chief Fazl and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari "political dwarfs", the minister said, "The PML-N and the PPP don't have political roots among the people."

He went on to say that, "Maryam Nawaz " has always spoken "foolishly".

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"It seems from Asif Ali Zardari's talk that he hasn't yet been able to strike a deal; he rushes to please [the powers that be] when he sees any hope but resorts to allegations at his rallies when this isn't the case," Fawad said.

He further noted that "political dwarfs were making attempts to become taller by criticising Imran Khan."

The federal minister advised PTI workers to strengthen Premier Imran. "A competition within the party will only result in the party's defeat," he said and took to Twitter to suggest the same to the workers.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the PTI made ‘mistakes’ in the first phase of K-P local government elections.

He took to his official Twitter handle to admit that his party “made mistakes” and subsequently “paid the price”, attributing the PTI’s loss to “wrong candidate selection”.

“Wrong candidate selection was a major cause,” he added.

The premier further said that he will “personally” be overseeing the PTI’s LG election strategy in the second phase of K-P's local body polls and LG elections across Pakistan.

He hoped that the PTI “will come out stronger”.



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