ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that the PTI government has six months and Prime Minister Imran Khan has told the cabinet that if it does not perform in six months, things will go the other way.
In an interview with the Voice of America, Fawad Chaudhry said that high expectations were attached to the PTI government and Prime Minister Imran Khan. These expectations were not to fix the nut bolts but to reform the system as a whole, so the scale to test the performance of this government is also different from others. We have the shortcomings that we can’t deliver. The government runs on two things. One on politics and the other on governance. If there is no balance between the two, things can get out of hand at any time. Imran Khan is fully aware of this. He also said in the cabinet meeting that you have six months to work. After that, time will run out and things will go awry.
Fawad Chaudhry said that Imran Khan’s views on system change were very clear before he came to power but when the government was formed, there were so many quarrels between Jahangir Tareen, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Asad Umar that the entire political class got out of the game. Jahangir Tareen fired Asad Umar from the Finance Ministry. When Asad Umar returned, he fired Jahangir Tareen. Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Jahangir Tareen met but nothing happened. Internal strife within the party hurt the government. Advisers to the Prime Minister are making decisions and politicians are watching. Imran Khan’s core team was shaken when the new people were not compatible with old ideas. They don’t even have the ability.
The federal minister said that Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto understood that they had put weak people in important positions because they aimed to transfer the leadership to their children. Imran Khan does not have this problem. They should have given positions to the best people. I don’t know who advised them to hire weak people to dictate everything. This has damaged Imran Khan’s caste.
Fawad Chaudhry said that after being removed from the Ministry of Information, I said that I do not want the Ministry, let alone the MNA. But Zulfi Bukhari said the prime minister wanted him to take over another ministry. He mentioned the names of many ministries, so I took science and technology. In three months, I realized that there is a lot of work to be done in a ministry. Mistakes in the Ministry of Information are made by others and you have to answer and say things that you do not want to say