20 Lawmakers Absent from Meeting with PM in Peshawar


In recent news, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, had a meeting with provincial lawmakers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as national lawmakers. However, it was observed that 20 of these lawmakers were not present at the meeting, which included two former provincial ministers. These two had been expelled from the cabinet a short while ago. 


Shaukat Yousafzai, the Provincial Minister, did not pay any heed to the absence of these lawmakers. He downplayed the significance of their missing out on the meeting by saying that they had previously informed the Prime Minister about prior engagements. According to him, Mehmood Khan, the Chief Minister, also knew that these 20 lawmakers would not be attending the meeting. 


While on a visit to the provincial capital, the premier chaired a meeting of the cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Also present at the meeting were members of the provincial assembly belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The gathering was held at the Governor’s House and took place against the backdrop of the ruling party suffering a loss at the recent by-polls in the city of Nowshera. 


Sources revealed that 14 members of the National Assembly (MNAs) and 6 Provincial Assembly members (MPAs) from the province were not in attendance at the meeting. This included two former cabinet members, Liaquat Khattak and Sultan Muhammad Khan. 


Two absent members were said to be out of the country. Government sources also confirmed that these two had various other engagements to attend to. 


When asked, Yousafzai revealed that the lawmakers had skipped the meeting after the Prime Minister himself had granted them permission to do so. The Provincial Minister further insisted that they had all been in touch with the leadership of the party and were wholly committed to maintaining the party discipline. 


During the meeting, the Prime Minister asserted that he will ensure transparency in the democratic system. He said that his politics aims to serve the masses and work for the betterment of the coming generations. 


A detailed presentation was given while in the meeting to the Prime Minister. It talked about the ongoing development projects taking place in various provinces, specifically in merged tribal districts. Several party-related matters, as well as the overall political situation was also discussed at length. 


Imran talked to the lawmakers of the party stating that the manifesto of the ruling party is to ensure that masses are served wholeheartedly and a no discrimination policy is followed. However, he added, some people have only joined politics to earn money rather than serve the people of the country. 


According to the Prime Minister, a nation is doomed when there is no morality left, and the people cannot distinguish between right and wrong. He went on to say that the country has been lagging in different fields due to the fact that politicians have come to power only to ‘steal money’. He insisted that politicians should focus on utilizing money only for public service. 



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