A disgruntled faction of the ruling PTI, known as Jahangir Khan Tareen group, and PML-N have joined hands to oust Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, according to a joint statement issued after the meeting in Lahore on Monday.
The statement was issued after the PML-N delegation led by Punjab Assembly opposition leader Hamza Shehbaz visited the residence of estranged PTI leader Tareen, who is currently in London reportedly for medical treatment.
The lawmakers of the disgruntled group “expressed disappointment” over the state of affairs in Punjab and consensus was reached with the PML-N to remove Usman Buzdar from the post of chief minister, the statement added.
The provincial assembly lawmakers also criticised the performance of CM Buzdar-led government, saying corruption and inflation had been on rise.
Sardar Owais Leghari, Ataullah Tarar, Khawaja Salman Rafique and Zeeshan Rafique were part of the PML-N delegation.
A rare huddle between the rival parties’ members also discussed in detail the political situation of the country and agreed to remain in contact.
Hamza, who is a son of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, also expressed “best wishes for the health of Jahangir Tareen” during the meeting.
Development comes days after Tareen’s group announced that they would only support the government in the no-confidence move if it accepted their condition to remove Usman Buzdar from the post of CM Punjab.
MPA Malik Nauman Ahmad Langrial told the media that all members of the group had given full authority to Tareen to make any decision on their behalf.
“I want to highlight here that all members of the group are united on the strategy to move forward [to vote against the no-trust motion] if the government accepts the minus Buzdar formula,” Langrial added.
“All like-minded members of the group are willing to accept the decision made by Tareen.”
He had indicated that they were in contact with different political parties as the group had a majority after two big political parties in the House.