On Monday, PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry lashed out at Defence Minister Khawaja Asif for claiming the party had approached US official Donald Lu for forgiveness. The former premier Imran Khan accused Lu of playing a part in his ouster. He asserted that the PTI wanted good relations with all countries but would not allow any country to decide "who would rule Pakistan". "We cannot give this permission. We maintain relations on the basis of equality," he said.
On Wednesday, PTI leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had decided to challenge the election of Hamza Shehbaz as the Punjab chief minister in the Lahore High Court (LHC). He also accused him of occupying the top provincial office "illegally". Fawad also said that a quo-warranto petition would be filed with the LHC "and the court will be requested to remove Hamza as the provincial chief executive and order election on the coveted seat at the earliest".
Senior PTI leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that his party members would resign from the National Assembly tomorrow (Monday). The decision to resign was tied up with the acceptance of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif's nomination papers for prime minister's elections, to which the PTI had raised objections. In a later development, the NA Secretariat rejected the objections and accepted Shehbaz's nomination.
On March 9, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry called upon the speaker of the National Assembly to convene a session of the lower house "as soon as possible" to "wrap up" the opposition's no-confidence motion against the prime minister. He added that the country was not in a position to afford 'political chaos' for a long time. He vehemently criticized PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif for saying that one of the reasons behind the no-trust move was the premier's recent criticism of the European Union in Mailsi.
Islamabad: On Wednesday, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry alleged that three MNAs of the ruling PTI had been “offered money” to back the Opposition’s no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan-led government. “Three of our MNAs including a minority and a woman member have reported that they have been offered money to give a vote in support of a no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan,” he said in a press conference. He railed against the Opposition for the alleged move and vowed that the ruling party will not allow anybody to "revive the culture of horse-trading in the country."
Lahore: On Jan 16, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhary said that those who fled after looting the country were giving lectures on the economy. "Imran Khan is needed by Pakistanis and the world of Islam and everyone wants that Imran Khan's leadership will prove to be very good in the interest of the region," he added. Talking to the media in Lahore, he slammed the opposition and said that there was a lack of trust among the opposition parties.
On Tuesday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry vehemently rejected allegations of the PTI receiving foreign funding. He also added that it was the only political party in the country having created a "legal, detailed and elaborate" system for funding. The minister's comments came in the wake of scrutiny committee's report regarding the hiding of the party's funds from ECP.
On Thursday, Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry criticized opposition parties, proclaiming that PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz was "celebrating her defeat" in the first phase of local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). "Instead (of celebrating), they [PPP and PML-N] should have visited their party workers in KP to boost their morale. They should have done national politics," he said. PTI showed dismal results as JUI-F won 17 seats as compared to PTI's 12 seats.
On Tuesday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that the rise of "religious extremist" political parties such as Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam would ultimately harm the country. He also added that the ruling PTI was the only "national party" in the country. His remarks came after the PTI faced a major upset in the first phase of KP local body polls, wherein the JUI-F bagged the highest number of mayor/chairman seats.
In an interview, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry vehemently decried PTI Senator Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry's action of meeting TLP chief Saad Hussain Rizvi after he was released as "absurd". After the lynching of Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot over blasphemy allegations, TLP was linked to the gory incident by netizens on social media.
While Addressing a consultative conference on terrorism in Islamabad, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry asserted that extremism was rather rooted in schools and colleges than madrassahs of Pakistan. He added that the teachers during the 80s and 90s were hired as part of a conspiracy to "basically teach extremism". Chaudhry said that the students of "ordinary schools and colleges" carried out notable incidents of extremism in Pakistan and not of madrassahs.
Islamabad: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry asserted on Friday that the wealth of certain fractions of society had increased amidst growing inflation in the country. He agreed that the salaried class in cities were standing the economic squeeze countrywide. He also directed that the government had financed the agriculture and the infrastructure sectors, because of which the income of those associated with the sectors had increased.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry announced on Wednesday that the joint session of the parliament, scheduled tomorrow, had been postponed. Initially, The session had been called by the government to pass the NAB Ordinance (Amendment) Bill and electoral reforms bill along with many other legislation items.
Islamabad: On Tuesday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry reiterated that only certain groups within the banned party wanted to shun violence. He also mentioned that the government too wanted to give its "citizens a chance" only if they obeyed the law of the country and implied their dedication to the Constitution.
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday held the Sindh government responsible for the upswing in sugar and flour prices. He also criticized the financial schemes of the former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and PML-N leader Miftah Ismail while addressing a press conference alongside Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam.
Islamabad: On Monday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would soon announce a 'big package' to handle rising inflation. The package would provide comfort to 10 million people shortly. 'The PM is expected to address the nation day after tomorrow to take people into confidence on the current economic situation in the country and share details of the inflation package,' said Shahbaz Gill.
On Wednesday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that despite the hike in petroleum products price, the prices of other essentials had been declined. "KP and Punjab are ready to become a part of the subsidy scheme. We want that Sindh and Balochistan to also become a part of this scheme," discussed in Ehsaas Program meeting with PM, he said.
Fawad Chaudhry, the Federal Minister of Information, said the administration intends to implement electoral reforms that will make the election process and results more acceptable to everyone. On Sunday, he gave a speech at a gathering here. Hasaan Khawar, the Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister on Information, was also present. He said the opposition would be contacted next week about the NAB ordinance, with the promise of integrating revisions that both the government and opposition agreed on into the bill.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry declared that PM Khan has the authority to appoint DG ISI. He also claimed that PM Imran Khan and Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa enjoy a great deal of " civil-military relations. He also stated that both of them never had taken any steps to sabotage each other's deference.
According to Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhary, PM Imran Khan announced the formation of a topnotch investigation body to look into the names involved in the Pandora Papers. "Question all individuals that are part of Pandora Leaks and facts will be placed before the nation," he tweeted.
On Sunday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that facts laid bare in the "Pandora Papers" were a breakthrough step and would unlock new paths of transparency. It would strengthen PM Imran Khan's stance about rich people hiding their money, looted from poor countries, in rich countries, he added.