LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz on Thursday said he is proud to have allied with anti-Shia groups in such a quick time and would maintain the alliance “as long as God wills it”.
Addressing a press conference alongside Pakistan Rah-e-Haq Party chief and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leader Moavia Azam after the Supreme Court verdict on defecting lawmakers’ vote, Hamza said he hopes to continue the family tradition of politics for years to come.
“As soon as we knew that the push to oust PTI was here, we allied at Punjab speed,” the chief minister told the media pointing towards his ally Moavia Azam with a grin.
“I’m proud that I’m continuing my family legacy not only as the chief minister of Punjab, but also as the spearhead of the PML-N’s alliance with anti-Shia groups in the province,” Hamza added.
The chief minister, continuing to smile and point toward the leader of the banned ASWJ, said that it is forging ties with such quick speed in the province that has been the hallmark of his party’s, and family’s, success in politics. Hamza maintained this will also help him address the SC verdict that disallowed many PTI dissidents’ vote on the presidential reference on Article 63-A.
“I already share my blood and DNA with the right people, now I am surrounding myself with other kinds of right people. No one can stop me from being the chief minister,” the chief minister said.
“Because, as you’ve seen, anything is possible if you have Punjab speed, and proscribed terror groups, on your side” he added.