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.