Prime Minister Imran Khan, on his visit to Lahore on Sunday, declared that strengthening local bodies is the primary agenda of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf led government.
To discuss the establishment of local bodies, the premier chaired a meeting attended by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman and senior party leadership.
Addressing the meeting, PM Khan said that devolution of power is the only way to empower the masses. He added that the local body system would pave the way for future leadership and break the status quo.
Senior minister Aleem Khan, who is also heading a special task force, is expected to come up with a viable LG system to be introduced in the province.
Briefing the media, Chaudhry said that in the next 48 hours, the participants of the meeting will decide the number of members to be included in village and union councils. The participants will also decide if direct elections should be held on tehsil level or district level.
The prime minister also held a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and cabinet where he assigned targets to the provincial ministers, said Chaudhry.
"The vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan is that of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and wherever the party has secured a majority, the premier will ensure that the vision is acted upon."
PM Khan is expected to chair a cabinet meeting to review the provincial government’s performance on the PTI's 100-day agenda. CM Buzdar had already reviewed the 100-day plan and progress of 15 government departments a day ago.
Following the cabinet meeting, the prime minister will hold separate meetings with the commissioners and deputy commissioners at the chief minister’s secretariat and take up some administrative matters, including political interference in officials’ working.
All bureaucrats and police officers have already been called to Lahore for a meeting. A separate meeting will be held with Chief Minister's Adviser Nasir Durrani, Inspector General Police Punjab Mohammad Tahir, the Intelligence Bureau head as well as the Federal Investigation Agency director, media reports suggested.
Earlier in the day, affectees of a housing society held a protest demonstration outside Imran Khan's Zaman Town residence, causing traffic blockage.