Lahore—The Pakistan Peoples Party has demanded the Punjab government hold local bodies elections on party basis in Punjab according to orders of the Supreme Court.
This was demanded in a convention organised by the PPP Punjab at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Sunday.
Main speakers included PPP Punjab (centre) President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, General Secretary Azizur Rehman Chan, Information Secretary Raja Amir Khan, State Minister for Water and Power Tasneem Qureshi, Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz, PPP Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki, Azizur Rehman Chan and Faiza Malik.
Addressing the convention, PPP Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Waraich asked the Punjab government to announce a date for local bodies elections within 24 hours. He said the PPP had won all local bodies elections in the past and added the party would win all elections from every district in future if it was held on political basis.
He said the Punjab government had opened the door of corruption in the province by spending local bodies funds on fake projects and providing financial advantages to PML-N workers and leaders through contracts of several projects.
He termed the rapid bus transit service a flop project and said that billions of rupees were being wasted for facilitating PML-N activists. “It is pre-poll rigging that contracts of projects are being given to PML-N workers without tenders,” he added.
Warraich said the Punjab government had failed on all fronts whether it was health or education, adding that strikes by several departments employees including young doctors were proof of the failure of the Punjab rulers.
Federal Minister and PPP Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki said local bodies representatives served people of their local communities and PPP workers were doing the job like their ethical duties.
She said the cause of the convention was to stress the Punjab government to transfer powers and funds to union council levels by holding local bodies elections on an urgent basis.
State Minister for Water and Power Tasneem Qureshi said local bodies elections should be held on party basis as it provided fresh and new leaders to the nation which was the need of the time.
PPP leader Chaudhry Manzoor said PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif were conscious about the constitution but forgot that local bodies were as important according to the constitution as parliament and provincial assemblies.—APP
Source: Daily Express