Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that the rise of “religious extremist” political parties such as the recently unbanned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam would ultimately harm the country, adding that the ruling PTI was the only “national party” in the country.
The minister expressed these views while speaking to the media after a meeting of the federal cabinet, where he said that the recently concluded local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa did not come under discussion.
Fawad was speaking to media a day after the PTI faced a major upset in the first phase of KP local body polls, while the JUI-F bagged the highest number of mayor/chairman seats.
“Today was a meeting of a the federal cabinet, not a meeting of the PTI’s core committee. We will talk about this at a meeting for the core committee,” he said when asked about his concerns over the results of the polls.