PML-Q’s Faisal Saleh Hayat refuses to join new cabinet

Published: June 25, 2012
Chaudhry Shujaat files reference against NA members who abstained for voting for new PM. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Chaudhry Shujaat files reference against NA members who abstained for voting for new PM. PHOTO: INP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) members take oath in the President House today (Monday), all is not as comfortable as it appears in the power-sharing deal brokered between the government and the party’s leadership.

Faisal Saleh Hayat has refused to join the cabinet, and both Jam Muhammad Yousaf and Raza Hayat Hiraj refused to become the minister of state for defence production. PML-Q, left with little choice, decided to bring in Sardar Talib Nakai into the new cabinet.

According to sources, Hayat has rejected all pressure from his party to accept a position in a cabinet headed by Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and informed the party’s central leadership of this – little surprise, since he was behind moving the Supreme Court to take up the rental power plant case in which the incumbent premier features.

Talking to the media, Hayat confirmed he is not joining the cabinet. He said that though he had voted for Prime Minister Ashraf as a matter of party discipline, he was not going to work in the cabinet of a person whose corruption he had moved the Supreme Court over.

Hayat added that while taking this decision, he had followed his conscience. He said his party could not compel him to accept a ministerial position.

Today, Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain, Ghouse Baksh Mehar, Chaudhry Anwar Ali Cheema, Riaz Peerzada and Jam Muhammad Yousuf will take oath as federal ministers while Sardar Shahjahan Yousaf, Khwaja Sheeraz Mehmood, Sheikh Waqas Akram, Sardar Bahadur Khan Seehar, Akram Maseeh and Sardar Talib Nikai will take oath as ministers of state. Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Raja Basharat, Ahmed Yar Haraj and Syed Qasim Shah will continue to be advisers to the prime minister.

PML-Q will be given three important ministries in accordance with the power-sharing formula agreed upon.

A PML-Q member said that the notification of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s appointment as deputy prime minister is expected to be issued today. A meeting of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Pervaiz, and other PML-Q leaders with Prime Minister Ashraf is also scheduled for today.

Meanwhile, party chief Chaudhry Shujaat has prepared a reference against eight members of the National Assembly including six who belong to a breakaway faction of the party, PML Likeminded. The reference will ask these members to be disqualified under article 63(A) and will be submitted to the office of the National Assembly speaker in a couple of days. The reference is to be filed against Humayun Saifullah, Kashmala Tariq, Ghulam Haider Samejo, Arbab Zaka, Kishan Chand Parwani as well as Owais Leghari who has joined Pakistan Tehreek Insaf and Sumera Malik who has joined Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Published in The Express Tribune, 25th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • H.A. Khan
    Jun 25, 2012 - 9:16AM

    This is a good ,bold and a principled stand.Congratulations!.


  • KM
    Jun 25, 2012 - 9:29AM

    I believe Feisal Saleh Hayat is an educated person. Hims saying that he voted on the basis of party principal? What is the point of being educated then, when you are to follow and do the same as the uneducated ones. What are we teaching the illiterate masses by this. “Do as the Romans do”? What a crippled mindset and hence the state of affairs of this country.


  • O B Server
    Jun 25, 2012 - 9:46AM

    At last a politician not willing to sell his soul!


  • Tufail Malik
    Jun 25, 2012 - 10:13AM

    He has made a good decision. He should not join the person who is corrupt and running the appreciate your step. I advise you to resign the PML Q as well.


  • academic
    Jun 25, 2012 - 10:21AM

    Much respect to Faisal Saleh Hayat. It is rare to see in Pakistan a seasoned politician take a stand that seems to be based on morals and principles. The fact that he filed the case of the rental power fiasco perpetrated by our esteemed current PM while part of the coalition shows that he is at least willing to do an unpopular thing, even if it had some unknown ulterior motive associated with it.


  • H.Raza
    Jun 25, 2012 - 10:27AM

    If he can vote for the current PM, what is the harm in joining his cabinet ?? Although, Mr. Faisel has already played havoc in the Housing Ministry with Kamran Lashari.


  • Beatle
    Jun 25, 2012 - 10:38AM

    What a good news to start our morning!!!
    We have at least one MNA amongst 344 who really cares for principla and conscience. Although he was the front-line lota in the previous assembly.


  • Shaheer Malik
    Jun 25, 2012 - 10:52AM

    @H.A. Khan:

    What about his stand on account of Raja Rental corruption case in SC and later on his vote in favour of Raja sb. All these people are for sale.


  • Rahman Khan
    Jun 25, 2012 - 10:54AM

    @Tufail Malik:

    He will not resign but wait when he could get Ministership in new cabinet.


  • Lala Gee
    Jun 25, 2012 - 11:38AM

    Instead of voting for Raja Rental, abstention would have been a better choice along with refusal to take a cabinet position.


  • AntiKingClass
    Jun 25, 2012 - 12:53PM

    Hypocrisy..If he is really a man of principle, he should have not voted for Mr. Rental even if he had to sacrifice his seat for not following party policy


  • Jun 25, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Faisal Saleh Hayat can join PTI, they are welcoming turncoats


  • howz dat
    Jun 25, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Whats the difference? he did vote for Raja Rental to become PM….thus he also played a role towards destruction of Pakistan


  • Malik Daulat ali
    Jul 14, 2012 - 4:49PM

    I do appreciate the decision of Mr.faisal Saleh not to become the Minister in the Cabinet of a person against which he was the party in Supreme Court.
    we have seen how Mr.Pervaiz has wished to become the DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER under the leadership of Zardari. I think it is the time that Sincere and courageous people like Mr.Faisal Saleh to become forward in order to unite the Muslim league factors of Sharif And Chaudhry Brothers.Otherwise Muslim League Majority Government will be difficult.and Mr.Zardari is happy that anti Sharif factors are his allies and he is planning to have Greater PPP including PMLQ.
    for coming elections and It is big responsibility comes to Nawaz Sharif that he should take initiate to Go to Chaudheries in order to break Ice and request them for the sake of Pakistan Pakistan Muslim League, all leagues should unite under one Umbrella and Leadership.
    They should also decide the power sharing formula and should offer big slots to others within party.
    Goodluck to PML and Goodluck to United Sharif and Chaudheries.


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