LAHORE: A federal minister has claimed that the chief minister of Punjab was in hot water, saying he had issued a warning to improve performance and even the officer of Prime Minister Imran Khan would say Sardar Usman Buzdar was the wrong choice.
According to the federal minister, who is believed to be close to Prime Minister Imran Khan and spoke on condition of anonymity, Buzdar had been warned of the consequences if his government’s performance in Punjab did not improve.
The cabinet minister’s comments were revealed in a report published on Wednesday Daily Jang, who quoted sources as saying the problem was Buzdar’s “lack of ability”.
Buzdar, given several months to improve his performance, has in recent weeks been very active in making political statements and holding press conferences about his administration’s “performance”.
Everyone in the PTI regime and the ruling party itself – except PM Imran Khan – felt that the CM had been given responsibilities that were “beyond its capacity”, the minister said.
“Even if you ask the prime minister’s officer, he will tell you that Buzdar was the wrong choice,” he added.
Insiders say Buzdar faces tough times in every meeting with PM Imran Khan because the prime minister is his only backer.
In addition, the supreme leadership of the former ruling party, PML-N, has also prevented its political workers from criticizing CM Punjab, the source said, adding that they knew that as long as Buzdar ruled the province, the party would continue. the benefits and suffering of PTI.
“Parties” were also unhappy with PM Imran Khan’s choice, the source said. In the past, “these people” have directly informed the prime minister of their discontent, but the Prime Minister is worried who can be trusted to replace Buzdar if the chief minister is removed.
The source claimed that PM Imran Khan did not want to bring Aleem Khan or Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal to the position of chief minister of Punjab, but although many PTI leaders disliked Buzdar, they acknowledged the prime minister’s view that there was a lack of choice of MPs on the issue.
Responding to a question whether the report was correct this time because PM Imran Khan has publicly supported Buzdar in the past, the minister said the deadline according to the last warning given to the CM was the budget announcement for the fiscal year 2021-2022 (FY21-22).
Since that “warning” Buzdar has been active as far as the media is concerned, the source added. Last week, he held a press conference where he announced that his government was restoring 15,000 hectares of state land worth Rs450 billion.
It was the largest operation in Punjab history and it came to a logical conclusion, he said. Similar indiscriminate actions were taken against the sugar and inflation mafia, he added, stressing his government’s efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
In recent times, the Sardar Usman Buzdar administration has faced criticism for its poor performance and frequent turnover of civil servants – including in the Secretariat and field staff – while political interference in Punjab’s bureaucratic affairs is unprecedented to such an extent that it has become routine now.
It is believed that matters are no longer under the control of the chief minister of Punjab.
The recent notification of resignation from the South Punjab Secretariat was seen as a defeat for the Buzdar government. He later canceled it but did not provide any reason as to how it was removed.
PTI leaders from South Punjab – including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi – are reportedly angry at the mishandling of administrative issues in the area.