Jahangir Tareen – once known as a fixer for the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) problem – has faced tough times by the federal government in recent years.
Currently, he and his son Ali Tareen face an investigation by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) into the sugar fraud. Both received pre-arrest bail.
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It is known that Tareen wondered why she was targeted and what mistake did she do with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
What hurt him most, his party charged his son and other family members with money laundering and fraud.
The same did not happen during the PML-N era when Tareen was the architect of the Panamanian litigation against the Sharif family, which resulted in the overthrow of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif in July 2017. However, at the time, Tareen did not realize that he would be disqualified as a member of parliament for life. life after five months.
The Supreme Court overthrew Tareen for the same reason, which was the cause of Sharif’s disqualification.
Both of them were disqualified for hiding their special assets in nomination documents submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan.
PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi has requested Tareen’s disqualification for reasons such as tax evasion, insider trading, loan write-off and hiding of his home in England (UK) in his nomination documents.
However, the top court only provided findings regarding the hiding of his house. Unlike Sharif’s case, SC did not provide directions to any investigative agency to investigate Tareen.
Tareen claims that she supported Imran Khan in bringing him to power more than anyone else.
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Since joining PTI in November 2011, he has remained a major contributor to funding for the party. The plan and his helicopters were used in the 2013 general elections.
Furthermore, shortly after the election, Tareen was the main organizer of the sit-in before the 2014 parliament, which lasted more than 100 days.
Later, when a questionnaire commission led by chief justice Nasirul Mulk was formed to investigate the alleged conspiracy of PTI in the 2013 general election, it was Tareen who hired a legal team led by the late Hafeezuddin Peerzada to challenge the party’s case.
After being disqualified as a member of parliament in December 2017, Tareen began efforts to incorporate electability into PTI. After the 2018 elections, Tareen’s services were used to gain support from independent candidates for the Center and the Punjab government.
Tareen is a guarantor in making deals with PML-Q and BNP-Mengal. The two parties join the federal government.
After the formation of the PTI government, Prime Minister Imran assigned several responsibilities in federal and Punjab to Tareen.
Tareen is not satisfied with the performance of the Minister of Finance Asad Umar. On his recommendation, the PM reshuffled the cabinet for the first time in April 2019. Umar was replaced with Hafeez Shaikh as finance minister on Tareen’s recommendation.
Meanwhile, a tug-of-war broke out between the Chief Secretary and Prime Minister Azam Khan and Tareen over administrative matters.
Likewise, the relationship between PM Imran and Tareen was not as close as before the 2018 elections. PM ordered an investigation into the sugar, wheat crisis.
Tareen alleged that the main purpose of the investigation was to target him. The sugar commission report was sued in superior court by the sugar factory owner. However, they failed to get relief from the court.
Subsequently, Tareen fled to England. After seven months in November 2020, he returned to Pakistan.
At that time, Tareen was in contact with PM Imran.
Even Tareen’s close aides revealed that Imran had promised to give tickets to his closest fellow Ishaq Khakwani for Senate elections in Punjab. However, that word couldn’t be saved.
New causes of tension
It is known that the victory of former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in the Senate election is the main cause of new tensions between Tareen and PM Imran.
There are allegations that the Tareen plane was used for Gilani’s campaign.
On the other hand, Tareen’s close aides claim that he supports Hafeez Shaikh for the senatorial seat in Islamabad. Regarding the use of the aircraft, they said that South Punjab PPP President Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood is a 49 percent shareholder in the JWD Group that owns the plane. Mehmood is also Tareen’s brother-in-law.
It is known that immediately after Gilani’s victory, the authorities advised PM Imran to involve Tareen in a vote of confidence movement.
Tareen came to Islamabad soon to make a successful faith movement in parliament.
Suddenly, the FIA intensified its proceedings against Tareen and his family members. Both Hafeez Shaikh and Nadeem Babar, who was advising the PM on Tareen’s recommendation, were ousted on separate charges.
In the last cabinet meeting, it was discovered that several ministers supported Tareen. Even Umar told the PM that there was a perception that the government was eyeing Tareen in sugar fraud. However, the PM refused.
It is known that Tareen believed that he was being made the scapegoat for making the PTI accountability narrative work.
Tareen has developed strategies in the legal and political fields. On the legal side, he hired well-known lawyers namely Salman Safdar, Ahsan Bhoon, Sikandar Bashir Mohmand and others to file their cases in the legal field.
Likewise on the political front, he will focus on South Punjab being ignored by the PTI, said a close aide to Tareen.
He ruled out joining any political party, saying: “We still have a stake in PTI rather than outside”.
This is also the fact that despite facing difficult times by the civilian government, the relationship between Tareen and company officials remains good.
Political analysts believe that although Tareen is ready to confront PM Imran, he will never do anything that goes against the interests of the powerful.