Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry’s latest comments in an interview with private TV channel has triggered a debate about ongoing political rifts inside the Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
In an interview Fawad has pointed to an ongoing ‘cold war’ between elected and non-elected members in the government, saying this was a major cause of friction within the ranks. “Up till now, I believe there have been several political weaknesses in our decisions. There is definitely a need for improvement in the decision-making. Several important decisions are taken and we don’t even get to know about them,” he said.
“At this, there is a cold war, I would say, of elected and non-elected people [within the government]. There are a lot of objections over the non-elected people. And these [objections] are worth giving importance to,” he said. “Ultimately, it is the elected people who take decisions, not the non-elected. The decision-making should be left to the elected people,” he added.
Asked if the ‘cold war’ would continue, he said that “wars do not last that long” and that decisions regarding this should be taken soon. When asked about the cabinet reshuffle, Fawad acknowledged some non-elected peoples were behind the decisions of major reshuffle adding that he himself faced a lot of interference from non-elected members in his previous ministry.
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17 November, 2019