Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Moonis Elahi Blog News: Merry Christmas From Moonis Elahi

Merry Christmas to All from Moonis Elahi

Monday, December 15, 2008

Moonis Elahi Blog News! Ch. Perviaz Elahi and Moonis Elahi at Muridkee Workers Convention

Ch. Pervaiz Elahi, Zulfiqar Ali Dhillon, Rana Ejaz Hussain and Moonis Elahi at Muridkee Workers Convention

Moonis Elahi Blog News: Moonis Elahi at Workers Convention at Muridkee

Moonis Elahi and Rana Ejaz Hussain waving to crowds at Muridkee Workers Convention.

Moonis Elahi Blog News! Ch. Pervaiz Elahi & Moonis Elahi at Sheikhupura Workers Convention

Ch. Pervaiz Elahi & Moonis Elahi at Workers Convention at Sheikupura.

Moonis Elahi Blog News: Moonis Elahi addresing to a big crowd.

Moonis Elahi Addresing to a big crowd at Sheikuhpura Workers Convention.

Moonis Elahi at PML Workers Convention at Sheikupura

Ch. Pervaiz Elahi & Moonis Elahi waving to crowds at Sheikhupura Workers Convention.

Moonis Elahi Blog News: Ch. Shujaat Hussain, Ch. Pervaiz Elahi & Moonis Elahi

Ch. Shujaat Hussain, Ch. Pervaiz Elahi, Ejaz ul Haq, Kamal Ali Agha and Moonis Elahi at a Walima Ceremoney.

Moonis Elahi Blog News: Ch. Zaheer ud Din, Raja Basharat & Moonis Elahi

Ch. Zaheer ud Din, Raja Basharat and Moonis Elahi praying for the sole of Union Council Nazim Aslam Nagina at Nankna Sb.

Moonis Elahi Blog News: Ch. Pervaiz Elahi and Moonis Elahi

Moonis Elahi with his Father Ch. Pervaiz Elahi

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Interview of Moonis Elahi

Moonis Elahi is inspired by the leadership acumen of the father of the nation, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and rates him as the best leader Pakistan ever had. He is extremely concerned about the lack of leadership at all levels as well as the deteriorating law and order situation in the country but thinks that the major and most important problem of our beloved homeland is the poor economic condition of the country which is directly responsible for all the ills of Pakistan.

According to him, the economy of the country can only be improved by enhancing the standard of education, plugging technological gaps, addressing extremism and other social problems which Pakistan is confronting today.

In a recent interview with the team of “Pakistani Leaders Online” he further added that in order to bring about sustainable development and a stable political system it is imperative on all political factions whether in power or in opposition to work in unison. The policies initiated by former government aiming at the betterment of the country should not be abandoned at once on political grounds by the present government. The consistency of development policies is the only route to ensure achievement of long and short term goals.

Carrying his family tradition of serving the nation, Moonis Elahi is a 3rd generation politician. He is the elder son of Chaudhay Pervaiz Elahi former Chief Minister of Punjab, nephew of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and grandson of Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi who was a very prominent politician of his time. Moonis Elahi was born on 12th April 1976 at Lahore. He studied at Lahore American School, where he studied till 10th grade and from there he moved to the London campus of the same school and graduated from there. He went to pursue his higher education from Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania USA and did his BBA from there. After the completion of his studies he returned to Pakistan in 1999. He took part in the general election held on 18th February 2008 for the first time and contested from two provincial constituencies. He got narrowly defeated from Lahore PP-152 and won with an overwhelming majority from his native seat PP-110.

He has been an avid sportsman. For his fitness he likes to swim and do regular physical workout. He likes to keep abreast with technological advancements and is fond of using high tech gadgets. Late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is his favourite singer, he likes his music as well as other light music.

His professional commitments include the running of his family business along with his younger sibling Rasikh Elahi. He applies his entrepreneurial skills by actively participating in a variety of business projects being run by his family. He got married in 2005 and has one daughter.

He goes through a variety of newspapers and periodicals every day. On the international horizon, he is inspired by the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew, Mahathir Mohammad and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and rates them as very successful mavericks for their nations. He is impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of Abdul Sattar Edhi in the social sector and in bringing about relief to common people. But he adds that transparency in relief operations is extremely important for their credibility.

His interests include reading, which is his favourite pastime. Books on history and political science are his favourite among other variety of topics. He likes to read the biographies of successful leaders and their contributions to their nations. Lee Kuan Yew father of Singapore and Lee Iococca are few to quote. His marketing strategy teacher at Wharton School of Business was also a source of great inspiration to Moonis Elahi.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Moonis Elahi Blog News: No Crisis During Pakistan Muslim League-Q Government, says Pervaiz Elahi

Sunday, October 26, 2008


President PML-Q, Punjab, Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi has said the party was united and would continue to make efforts to protect the solidarity of the country in this critical hour.

Addressing a meeting of the party’s women MPAs from Punjab at his residence here on Saturday, the former Punjab chief minister said the PPP and the PML-N jointly contested the election and both the parties should also work together to take the country out of crisis. He said from the very outset, the government had been unable to solve the oil, electricity and food crises.

The PML-Q leader said those who claimed to sell Roti for Rs 2 were merely befooling the nation and politicizing the issue.

He added that in reality, it was nothing but a gimmick played by the present rulers who were, in fact, providing the people with unhygienic and hazardous food.

Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi went on to say that during the five years of the PML-Q government, there was no such crisis in the country. He said the PML-Q government provided Atta to the entire country, adding there was no food crisis during the time but unfortunately a famine-like situation had been created in the present tenure.

Commenting upon the ongoing power crisis, he said the present government was unable to control load shedding and the angry population was burning the effigy of important figures and electricity bills. He said the ruling parties should fulfill the promises made with the nation before the polls.

Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi also appreciated the commitment of party MPAs with the party and said those who ahd joined the Forward Bloc of the party were now repenting on their hasty action. He said all the dreams of the Forward Bloc members to get important portfolios and ministry in the government had been shattered to ground.

He said the members of the Forward Bloc had been termed as ‘Turncoats’ by the PPP whereas the PML-Q was planning to file reference against them.

Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Chaudhary Zaheer ud Din, senior provincial leader Chaudhary Moonis Elahi and other party legislators were also present on the occasion.

The women members present on the occasion also demanded the party leadership to file reference against the party dissidents.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Chuahdry Parvez Elahi and Moonis Elahi Met With Altaf Hussain

London: Video of the meeting of Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and Moonis Elahi with MQM Chief Altaf Hussain

Parvez Elahi, Moonis Elahi Met with Altaf Hussain

LONDON: Ex-Cheif Minister of Punjab and Leader of Pakistan Muslim League Chaudhry Parvez Elahi met MQM Cheid Altaf Hussain in London and discussed various issues regarding political and law and order situation in Pakistan.

Senator Tariq Azeem and Moonis Elahi were also present in the meeting, which continued for three hours.

Issues like national political scene, stability of democracy and countring terroirsm were discussed.
In the meeting, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi said that Altaf Hussain's idea for the round table confrence was the need of hour.

Moonis Elahi Celebrated Eid in London

London: Moonis Elahi celebrated the Eid ul Fitar in London with his family. Moonis Elahi is in London for political meetings and medical check up of his father Chaudhry Parvez Elahi.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Eid Mubarak From Moonis Elahi

Eid Mubarak to all of Pakistan. May Allah this Eid bring Peace, Happiness and Love for our Country.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Moonis Elahi in USA: PML-Q Wants US Guarantees For Joining Hands With PPP

LAHORE: Former Punjab chief minister Ch Pervez Elahi has landed in Washington for a check-up and some political discussions with US officials engaged in the politics of Pakistan before a handshake with the PPP, The News has learnt.

The former CM flew from Islamabad to London on Saturday. He took a flight for Washington on Sunday night from Heathrow to arrive in Washington late Sunday night (local time). He is being accompanied by his son, Moonis Elahi.

‘Officially’, the former CM has gone for a check-up. Party sources revealed Ch Pervez Elahi was expected to meet the US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher, along with other important officials.

It is learnt the visit aims at taking stock of current political dynamics in Pakistan and the growing significance of PML-Q against the backdrop of fast-changing political realities. Sources say the purpose of the visit is to have a straight talk with the US authorities, seeking the PML-Q's support for cementing the PPP government's hold on the power. The US, party sources go on to say, wants a stable government at the centre and in provinces so its interests in the war on terror are not compromised.

Since there is some element of mistrust between the PPP and the PML-Q and the process of understanding still fluid, the latter wishes to have firsthand guarantees from the brokers. The PML-Q doesn't want to join the government with multiple unsettled agenda necessary for smooth post-agreement sailing. The PML-Q leader will discuss various aspects of cooperation with the US officials.

It is learnt a particular group among the top party leaders is working on a possible understanding with the PPP. It is important to note the PML-Q is talking straight with President Asif Ali Zardari, while escaping the rest of the PPP leadership's involvement in the process. Party President Ch Shujaat Hussain and Secretary General Mushahid Hussain have remained in touch with Ch Pervez Elahi from China. Both these leaders are returning on Monday. The PML-Q Parliamentary Leader in the National Assembly, Faisal Saleh Hayat, is also part of the clique. The party is assessing the pros and cons of sharing power with the PPP at the centre and in provinces, especially Punjab.

Since a great majority of PML-Q is against developing any political relationship with the PPP, the men at work are quite particular about deciding all aspects of the possible agreement with the PPP before the final announcement to this effect. The same group has pondered the issue last week before agreeing on the decision to involve friends in America.

It is further learnt the US political operatives in Pakistan, including the US Ambassador, have been asking the PML-Q to assess the option of lending support to the PPP and President Zardari. Interestingly, some big-guns in the Gulf are also mediating for getting this deal ashore.

The PML-Q leadership has been trying to develop some acceptable understanding out of this current political chaos with the PPP on one hand and party's majority's tilt towards the PML-N on the other. While the PML-Q is still far from taking any decision on this count, the party high-ups are gradually floating towards power-politics monitored by the US officials. The top leadership will take a final decision on this count after completing the preliminaries. It would offer the options, juxtaposed against guarantees from all sides, to the party members once all hurdles to cooperation with the PPP are removed and reservations addressed

Friday, September 19, 2008

Parvez Elahi, Moonis Elahi Met with Bryan D. Hunt

LAHORE (September 16, 2008): Principal Officer of American Consulate Bryan D. Hunt on Monday met Pakistan Muslim League-Q leaders Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Moonis Elahi at their Gulberg residence. During the meeting, various matters of mutual interest came under discussion. Sources said that situation in tribal areas also came under discussion.

Moonis Elahi Blog News: PML-Q,PML-N Power Struggle In Final Phase

LAHORE: The struggle between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the PML-Quaid (PML-Q) for the support of Punjab Assembly members of the PML-Q has entered its final phase.

While the Sharifs of the PML-N eye the support of a majority of the 84 PML-Q provincial legislators, the Chaudhrys of the PML-Q want to prove at an Iftar dinner today (Wednesday) that at least 70 are still loyal to them.

The two parties realise they cannot co-exist in their struggle for power and either of the two will have to perish.

The PML-N has been trying to break away legislators and notable leaders of the PML-Q since their chief Nawaz Sharif’s return from exile. After forming a government in Punjab and being a coalition partner in Islamabad, they had been able to win the support of a number of PML-Q legislators. But its decision to quit the government in the Centre has increased the chances of these Q-Leaguers supporting the PPP in the Centre and in Punjab.

The Chaudhrys meanwhile will make a significant achievement if they are able to gather 70 legislators at their residence today. For the first time in seven months, PML-Q Punjab President Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and his son Moonis Elahi are personally approaching party members.

The PML-Q has already claimed it has won back the support of 15 of the members of its forward bloc in the Punjab Assembly.

The party’s initial objective is to stop the PML-N from getting support of a majority of their party’s legislators, but it eventually looks at depriving the PML-N of a simple majority in Punjab.

The PML-N needs to break away at least 43 of the 84 PML-Q provincial legislators to protect them from the defection clause. The law defines party decision as that made by a majority of its parliamentarians. Its second goal is to keep its Punjab government intact even if the PPP quits the coalition. The PML-N is currently 10 members short of a simple majority in the Punjab Assembly even if it gets support from the two Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and three PML-Functional members.

The N-League had proven during the presidential election the support of 208 MPAs in the provincial assembly, but the PML-Q claims it has won 15 of them back. 11 PML-N legislators: The PML-Q leadership also claims it is in touch with 11 PML-N legislators in Punjab who would leave their party ‘at an appropriate time’.

The Q-League has little to offer to members, however, because it is in the opposition. The PML-N on the other hand is using government resources to attract PML-Q legislators.

The Sharifs had not interacted with the members of the PML-Q forward bloc earlier, in order to avoid allegations of horse-trading. But now, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is bargaining directly with the defectors.

According to sources, Punjab government has put all its resources at the disposal of the PML-Q defectors. They are being offered huge funds for development and transfer of revenue and police officials on their recommendations.

Moonis Elahi Blog News: PML-N Fails To Isolate Gujrat Chaudhrys

ISLAMABAD: The top PML-N leadership’s determined efforts to round up all federal and provincial legislators of the PML-Q, minus the Chaudhrys of Gujrat, has largely failed to materialize.

A senior PML-Q leader admitted that his party legislators would naturally feel more comfortable with the PML-N than the PPP’s But as a party, the PML-Q will not merge into the PML-N unless the Sharif brothers dismount the high horse and change their attitudes.

He was of the view that the PML-Q had realized that now Nawaz Sharif did not enjoy the same powerful position that he had before breaking his alliance with the PPP.

His position has remarkably weakened after the election of Asif Ali Zardari as the president of Pakistan, he added.

The PML-Q leader claimed that Zardari had cornered Nawaz Sharif and at the same time clinched all the top official slots one by one. Now, he said, the PML-N has not much space to manoeuvre as Zardari has accepted none of its demands, including the one relating to the restoration of the deposed judges. At the same time, he said, Zardari was vested with all the powers that Musharraf used to have.

With the hard stand taken by Nawaz Sharif vis-­†-vis the Chaudhrys, he said, several PML-Q lawmakers have got a viable alternative in the shape of the PPP, which is offering them a lot for joining the government and which is in a position to give something to them in the Punjab provided it succeeds in forming the government in the province.

The PML-Q leader said the biggest success the Chaudhrys had so far scored was that they had been able to keep a significant number of federal and Punjab lawmakers with them despite the fact that they had faced huge embarrassment of massive defections in parliament and the Punjab Assembly.

He admitted that most of the PML-Q floor crossers in parliament during the presidential election supported Zardari for different considerations. This lot is not reliable for any political party, he regretted

Moonis Elahi Blog News: PML-Q Wins Back

LAHORE - A large number of PML-Q members who had earlier formed a Forward Bloc and supported PML-N and its Presidential candidate to swell its numbers to 201 in the Punjab Assembly showed up in the party’s Parliamentary Party meeting held here on Wednesday.

The meeting, followed by an Iftar dinner, held at the Gulberg residence of Chaudhrys of Gujrat was organized as a show of strength on the part of PML-Q which was continuously depleting after February 18 elections.

The motive behind the show was not only demonstrating the present strength of PML-Q but also to highlight that a large number of its members who earlier supported PML-N are back in its fold.

The main strategy of the Chaudhrys before the meeting was to put up a show that included a minimum of a 50-plus members. The initial target was to win back at least 15 members from PML-N and add to it in its tally of 36.

The result of presidential election showed that PML-Q, out of its original strength of 84 was just left with 36 members while remaining have either gone to PML-N, swelling its strength to 201 from 171 or PPP which won 123 seats.

An insider, giving details of the meeting called by Ch Pervaiz Elahi, claimed that 62 members were present which shows an addition of 26 more members to its last tally of 36. Another participant close to Chaudhrys claimed that 15 of those who earlier supported PML-N were also present in the meeting.

The meeting was also attended by several members of Forward Bloc, which supported PPP’s presidential candidate.

A PML-Q Parliamentary leader said that now the PML-N should delete those members who attended the meeting from its list. He claimed that tally could have been even bigger had some members not gone abroad or fell ill, were present on this occasion.

The independent political circles were of the view that if 62 members participated in the meeting including those who before supported PML-N then it was a big victory for the PML-Q against its rival league.

Senior PPP and PML-Q leaders made hectic efforts to organize the meeting as a show of strength. Punjab Governor Salman Taseer held a series of meetings with the Chaudhrys and facilitated them. On the part of Chaudhrys, Moonis Elahi figured very prominently in holding this meeting. The PML-Q’s decision to put up show of strength on the part of PML-Q was a part of strategy finalized in the meeting between Punjab Governor and Chaudhrys soon after the Presidential elections.

Moonis Elahi Blog News: Prime Minister Lauds Parvez Elahi Decision

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday lauded Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s decision to resign from the office of the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and said that this would augur well for democracy and would go a long way in further strengthening democratic institutions in the country. In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s House, Gilani said that the Pakistan People’s Party believes in the politics of tolerance and would continue its reconciliation efforts to take along all the political parties on all issues of national importance.

Moonis Elahi Blog News: Parvez Elahi Resigns As Opposition Leader

ISLAMABAD - Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi Sunday resigned from his office.The PML-Q leader has faxed his resignation to the Acting President and Speaker National Assembly, Dr Fehmida Mirza.

Pervez Elahi said that he had been elected as the Leader of Opposition in a democratic manner and now those who are striving for this post also remained part of this government till September 13.

He said that he would continue to work for the supremacy of the Parliament.Later, talking to media persons at his residence, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain confirmed the report and said that the act was not meant to forge an alliance with PPP from their side or seeking ministries.“Those who have applied for the slot of opposition leader should enjoy the privileges of opposition as well as government side,” he added.

PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain called for immediate summoning of a joint session of the Parliament to devise a national consensus over strategic national issues, including external threats.“The country is facing numerous external threats, therefore, we need to forge unity amongst our ranks, rising above all petty personal and parochial interests,” he added.Flanked by PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed and Secretary Information Tariq Azeem, Shujaat said the politicians should get rid of personal egos playing with the galleries. “We should adopt a national approach and evolve national consensus. We are against adopting any anti-democratic tactics to destabilise the Punjab government. We are in touch with PML-N and Governor Punjab at the same time,” he said.Answering a question about PML-Q forward bloc in Punjab, Shujaat said deviating from the party line in the presidential poll did not mean that those MPAs had defected. “Since there was a secret ballot in presidential poll, there was violation of party decision. However, that does not mean that they have defected,” he said. “PML-Q legislators, workers and office-bearers are being targeted in Sindh and Punjab provinces,” he claimed

Monday, September 15, 2008

Moonis Elahi Blog News: PML-Q, PPP Ready To Pull Down Punjab Government

Online - 15th September, 2008

LAHORE: The Pakistan People's Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Q have teamed up to pull down the Punjab government. Sources told this news agency Sunday that PPP had assigned the command of "Punjab operation" to Governor Salman Taseer while PML-Q had tasked Punjab Assembly member Chaudhry Moonis Elahi with the job. Qasim Zia and Raja Riaz have been asked to assist the governor.

PML-Q has been given the duty of bringing back into the party fold the PML-Q forward bloc members supporting PML-N. PML-Q is also considering filing a disqualification reference against the members who refuse to return. A joint PPP and PML-Q team will target Punjab Chief Secretary Javed Mehmood and launch media trial of the PML-N central leadership. The governor has finalized the consultation process and is seeking help from intelligence agencies and some of his old friends. PML-Q, under this strategy, can file a disqualification reference against Atta Muhammad Manika and some other forward bloc members within 48 hours, sources added. Moonis Elahi has geared up his efforts to woo the disgruntled members. He had also claimed that not only these members would return to the party fold but some men of conscience from PML-N would also be drawn.

Khwaja Ahmad Ehsan, adviser to Shahbaz Sharif, told this news agency that PML-N political rivals could not compete in the numbers game, adding that "five members of the forward bloc have consulted him. He said conspiracies were being hatched against them and rumors spread as part of a campaign.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Moonis Elahi Blog News: PPP, PML-N to Get Support of PML-Q in Punjab

By Tariq Butt - The News 13th September, 2008
ISLAMABAD: The PML-N is feverishly engaged in mustering support of at least 51 per cent MPAs of the PML-Q in the Punjab with the objective of changing their parliamentary leader to avoid the defection clause if the PML-Q members join the Punjab government.

Meanwhile, the PPP is largely banking on Hamid Nasir Chattha to secure votes of whatever number of MPAs, still left with the PML-Q, and may offer the office of the chief minister to him as a last resort to get the Punjab government.

Another major development, according to the source, is that the PML-Q in consultation with the PPP will approach the Lahore High Court (LHC) to stop the PML-Q forward bloc from voting for Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif after Governor Salmaan Taseer will ask him to seek a fresh vote of confidence after the PPP ministers quit the Punjab cabinet.

For over a decade-and-a-half, Chattha has had excellent relations with Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari despite being in the PML-Q. He continues to be in the good books of the PPP, which has increased its interaction with him amid the fast developing situation in the Punjab.

The PML-N got 23 extra votes from the Punjab Assembly in the Sept 6 presidential election, which were of the PML-Q MPAs. But if the claim of a senior PML-N leader, made to this correspondent, is accepted as true, his party bagged a total of 30 PML-Q votes, including all the seven ballots, which were declared invalid.

He said the PML-N in fact needs the backing of less than a dozen PML-Q MPAs to have 51 per cent of the entire provincial parliamentary party with it and to be in a position to change their parliamentary leader in the Punjab Assembly. The PML-Q has a total of 84 MPAs.

Three days ago, 36 PML-Q MPAs attended an Iftar dinner hosted by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. One of them, however, later again slipped to the side of the Chaudhrys of Gujrat.

The PPP secured 16 extra votes, all from the PML-Q, in the presidential election. It has 107 MPAs while it had bagged 123 votes. These 16 MPAs, and the 30 members, who voted for the PML-N, form more than 51 per cent of the PML-Q parliamentary party in the provincial assembly. But they did not make one group for being in different groups, not speaking with one voice.

The source said the PML-Q still has the support of thirty-plus MPAs, who are an equal major attraction for both the PML-N and the PPP. The PPP's utmost effort is to rope in all these members with Chattha leading them with the promise that he would be made the provincial chief executive.

According to the source, the Chaudhrys may put forward the name of Moonis Elahi (son of Chaudhry Pervez Elahi) as the next chief minister side by side Chattha if the PPP insisted on seeking the PML-Q support in order to oust Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The PML-N has 178 MPAs while it requires a minimum number of 186 members of the Punjab Assembly to sustain its government. Already, it is in power on the force of the support of the PML-Q defectors.

The governor has repeatedly declared that the moment the PPP ministers leave the provincial cabinet, the Shahbaz Sharif government would be in minority and he would have to ask the chief minister to get a fresh vote of confidence that Shahbaz would not be able to secure for having no majority in the Punjab Assembly.

In his opinion, the PML-Q forward bloc would not be able to openly vote for Shahbaz Sharif because its members would be hit by the floor-crossing law and would thus be liable to disqualification.

A constitutional expert said the situation in the Punjab would become complex and complicated if the high court was involved. There was a secret ballot in the presidential election in which it was difficult to figure out the defectors, but it would be too easy in the election or vote on a trust resolution for or against the chief minister because it would take place through a show of hands.

"I have no doubt that all our turncoats will come back to us running with great speed once they see that it is going to have a dominant say in the post-Shahbaz Sharif scenario," a top PML-Q leader told The News.

"Neither the PML-N can remain in the government nor can the PPP get power in the Punjab without the PML-Q's backing," he said. A PML-Q leader said its MPAs would have to collectively realise their importance under the prevailing situation in the Punjab. He said if they stood together, their party would be able to get the office of the chief minister. And if they did not support either of the two main parties, the provincial assembly would have to be dissolved because none of them would be in a position to form the government.