obody could have imagined that Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, former prime minister and president of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ) and head of the well-known household from Gujrat, would someday droop the essential social gathering membership of his cousin, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, the previous Punjab chief minister, and his nephews, Moonis Elahi and Hussain Elahi. Nevertheless, this got here has come about following an announcement about plans to merge the PML-Q into Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
It was extensively believed that the shut relationship between cousins Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, popularly referred to as the Chaudhry Brothers, was unbreakable. Nevertheless, the bond was broken after the vote of no-confidence towards former premier Imran Khan in April 2022. For the primary time, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and his son, Chaudhry Moonis Elahi, together with Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain (Shujaat’s youthful brother) and Hussain Elahi (Shujaat’s nephew) disobeyed the path of the household elder and president of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, who had determined to affix forces with the 13-party Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM). Household ties however, it seems that their political paths are separate and rising farther.
A present trigger discover issued by the social gathering’s secretary common, Tariq Bashir Cheema, asks Chaudhry Parvez Elahi to elucidate inside seven days his reported transfer to merge the PML-Q into Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. It identified that as provincial president, he lacked the authority to merge the social gathering into one other.
Earlier, in July of final yr, the Central Working Committee, in a session chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha, had determined to take away the social gathering president, Shujaat Hussain, and secretary common, Tariq Bashir Cheema. The motion was disputed and continues to be pending with the Election Fee of Pakistan.
Chaudhry Salik Hussain tells The Information on Sunday that the transfer by a provincial chapter to take away the social gathering’s central president and secretary-general was unlawful. “It was in violation of the social gathering structure. It had no authorized grounds,” he says.
Such actions on either side can show the ultimate blow to the household unity. Regardless of their political paths diverging final yr over the problem of assist for former premier Imran Khan, there had been mutual respect and consideration. It now appears that the divergence of their political paths is full and everlasting.
A former provincial minister recognized for being near Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has instructed The Information on Sunday that Moonis and Hussain had persuaded Parvez and Wajahat to affix the PTI. He says a proper announcement to this impact is imminent.
“Moonis sees his future with Imran Khan. They’re now negotiating with the PTI for seats for his or her members within the upcoming elections from Gujrat, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin and Chakwal, for each Nationwide and Provincial Assemblies,” a detailed aide to Parvez Elahi, says.
In keeping with PTI insiders, Imran Khan is keen to welcome them into the PTI’s fold.
A former PML-Q MNA from central Punjab says that Chaudhry Parvez Elahi is personally in favour of a PMLQ-PTI alliance however contesting elections from the PML-Q platform. He believes that it will depart him in a greater place politically. Nevertheless, following some latest developments, it appears that evidently he would possibly now be in favour of becoming a member of the PTI. In a latest assertion, he has claimed that Imran Khan has supplied him the social gathering presidency.
What political rivals failed to realize for many years was completed by two younger family members, Moonis and Hussain.
A former PTI MNA from south Punjab says that the first-tier management of the social gathering shouldn’t be notably pleased with the event. He says they fear that if Moonis Elahi and Parvez Elahi be part of the PTI, they’re more likely to change some folks amongst Khan’s closest aides like Fawad Hussain, Asad Umar and Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
“Given their means to sway Khan, they’re more likely to be calling the photographs as soon as they be part of the PTI,” the previous MNA mentioned.
A former PTI minister from KP says, “No chief within the PTI apart from Imran Khan has higher credentials than Parvez Elahi. He has already served as deputy prime minister, chief minister and speaker. That is making among the senior PTI leaders really feel insecure.”
Some media reviews have prompt that if Imran Khan is faraway from social gathering chairmanship or disqualified for public workplace, Parvez Elahi can be ready to take over the social gathering.
“Chaudhry Parvez Elahi will both be a candidate for chief minister after the final elections or ask Imran Khan to appoint his son for the coveted place,” a senior PML-Q chief who has been a provincial minister says.
Talking to The Information on Sunday, a number of colleagues near Shujaat Hussain, together with a federal minister, claimed that the PML-Q faction led by him sees its political future with the PDM. They are saying they’re more likely to search seat changes whereas sustaining their social gathering id.
PML-Q secretary common Tariq Bashir Cheema says that Moonis Elahi could quickly be appointed the PTI central Punjab president.
Requested whether or not the PML-Q may very well be re-united, Cheema mentioned that it appeared extremely unlikely. “How can Shujaat Sahib discuss to those that name him chala huwa kartoos and unfit to make political selections?”
“I’m shocked that Parvez Elahi sahib made no effort to reunite the household when he grew to become the chief minister,” Cheema says.
PML-Q insiders, together with a federal minister near Shujaat Hussain, say the break up began with variations between Moonis Elahi and Salik Hussain. They are saying the elders grew to become concerned solely later.
The shock got here on the time of the no-confidence movement in April final yr as Parvez Elahi turned his again on the top of the household, Shujaat, who had given his phrase to affix arms with PDM to former president Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif after having consulted Elahi. That they had additionally supplied dua-i-khair collectively and Elahi was all set to grow to be PDM’s candidate for chief minister following a vote of no confidence within the Punjab Meeting towards Sardar Usman Buzdar.
What formidable political rivals failed to realize for many years was completed by two younger family members, Moonis and Hussain. They managed to steer Parvez and Wajahat to defy Shujaat and be part of arms with Imran Khan.
Shujaat upheld his promise to Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. His son, MNA Salik Hussain, and the social gathering’s secretary common, Tariq Bashir Cheema, voted towards Imran Khan. Moonis and Hussain, nonetheless, remained with Imran Khan.
Cheema says Shujaat was in tears when Parvez Elahi determined to affix the PTI. The day earlier than his assembly with the then prime minister, Imran Khan, Shujaat had held profitable conferences with leaders of the PML-N and PPP. Shujaat reportedly made a telephone name then to Moonis Elahi, who mentioned that he had one other plan and would reveal it on his return.
The author is a journalist based mostly in Lahore who reviews on politics, economic system and militancy. He could be reached on Twitter at @Hassannaqvi5.enjoys