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PM Imran calls for ‘immediate steps’ to hold local bodies election

PM Imran chairs meeting in this regard. (Source: APP)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to take steps for immediate holding of local bodies elections in Punjab after getting a briefing on the new model of the local government.

Chairing a meeting regarding the local bodies system in Punjab province, the prime minister emphasized that the local government was the basic structure of democracy and reiterated that without a strong local bodies system democracy was incomplete.

Federal ministers Asad Umar, Fawad Chaudhry, Shafqat Mahmood, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema, Moonis Elahi, Provincial Minister for Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan and senior officers attended the meeting.

The Punjab government briefed the Prime Minister about the new local government system in Punjab. PM Imran asked the relevant officials to ensure direct election of local government representatives.

Earlier in the day, PM Imran Khan ordered to finalize the report to highlight causes of defeat in Rawalpindi, Multan and Peshawar in recent Cantonment Boards’ polls.

Relevant sources claimed that overall Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed satisfaction over the Cantonment election results, but expressed concern over defeat in megacities such as Rawalpindi, Multan and Peshawar.