Amid rumours that Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader and Punjab Assembly speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi “will soon be replacing Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Usman Buzdar” as the provincial cheif executive, the former has clarified his statements that made headlines for criticising Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan.

During an interview, Elahi had last week said that PM Imran should let former premier Nawaz Sharif fly out of the country since he was gravely ill. His remarks had come while the Imran-led government, before the Lahore High Court (LHC) ruling that allowed Nawaz to travel abroad, had decided to not let the former premier travel abroad without paying a whopping Rs7 billion in indemnity bonds.

“Whatever I said about Nawaz was for Imran Khan’s own good,” Elahi said Monday as he clarified that no one could create a misunderstanding between his party and the government.


Elahi also said that he had contacted Maulana Fazlur Rehman to save the country from descending into political chaos.

He was part of the government’s negotiating committee that held talks with Fazl when the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief brought thousands of protesters to the H-9 venue in Islamabad and demanded PM Imran’s resignation.

Though Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak was heading the committee, Elahi and his cousin, Chaudhry Shujaat, held talks with the JUI-F chief during the protest to present the government’s demands.