ISLAMABAD: Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Tuesday that the government was “aware of the conspiracies” that former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Shah Mahmood Qureshi was hatching.
Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Awan said that the PPP wanted to bring Qureshi's “real face” to the forefront but never did that because it would have given an impression that a party loyalist who was brought to the PPP by Benazir Bhutto was removed from his post.
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She added that Qureshi had “unveiled” his face and now party members knew that he was an “opportunist”, and that he did not quit the ministry over governance issues but due to his political portfolio.
Awan said that the party members were hurt by Qureshi’s statements against the PPP.
The information and broadcast minister said that when Qureshi joined the PPP, his contributions were recognised by the party and said that whenever someone joins the PPP, they are given respect and acceptance and when one leaves the party he is “humiliated in the world and the hereafter.”
Awan said that history was evident and that former PPP MNAs Farooq Leghari and Mustafa Khar were example of it.
Awan also termed Qureshi a “political nomad” and said that the party wishes that he remains consistent to one party in future.
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