Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar refuted reports that he was told by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to step down from the Governor Punjab post, terming it a “lie”.

Sarwar, speaking to journalists in London, said, “The impression of being sidelined [by the party] is also not correct.”

Earlier this week, Sarwar made many heads turn when he spoke against his party.

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“I never asked for the governor’s position but had been asked by the party’s leadership to accept it,” he said.

“When you are in a party, you have to accept the party’s decision and you cannot rebel. This was our party’s unanimous decision,” Sarwar added.

When asked by a reporter whether this was done to sideline him, the Punjab governor agreed, saying that he came to that realisation later.

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Sarwar said he could have delivered much more for the country if he was given another role, adding that he was doing his best to fulfill his duty in areas where he could exercise his domain.

The Punjab Governor said, “so far we have failed to bring judicial and police reforms”.