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LAHORE Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday held a meeting with lawmakers in Punjab to end the rumor factories that sparked talks about the dismissal of Punjab Prime Minister Usman Buzdar, and said the head of the charge will continue to lead the government.
He said this in a meeting with the dissatisfied legislators of PTI that followed his meeting with Buzdar on his one-day visit to Lahore. Shortly after his arrival, he went to the Office of the Chief Minister for a meeting with Buzdar amid reports of a possible riot within their ranks.
More than 20 MPAs had formed an advanced block in Punjab because they were not happy with Buzdar, who reorganized the provincial bureaucracy without taking them in confidence and did not release development funds for their constituencies.
At a later meeting, Imran made an exception to criticism against his “Wasim Akram-Plus” and said Buzdar will not go anywhere and that he fully supports his government.
“I know who is conspiring against the prime minister behind him,” said the prime minister, adding that that person wanted the superior position of the provincial government for himself.
He said that if he dismisses the head of the prime minister, a new precedent will be established and his replacement will not even survive 20 days because he would also be forced to leave in a “similar” manner.
“There was negative propaganda in the last days that Buzdar does not have the required authority [to run provincial affairs independently]. “He, however, has full authority in the province and the new secretary general and the inspector general will work with him as part of his team,” the prime minister added.
“The elimination of corruption is the manifesto of our political party. An organized mafia is promoting a negative impression against the government between nationals and the same people, who cheated the nation during the last decades, now see how the confusion spreads, ”he added.
The prime minister ordered legislators to defeat these elements by implementing positive administrative changes. He said that large fish involved in criminal activities and running mafias seized Punjab for the first time in history.
He also ordered the Punjab government to quickly hold municipal elections at the village council level, emphasizing that lower level elections were the solution to people’s problems.
With regard to inflation, the prime minister commissioned the provincial government to tell people the truth. “The higher prices in progress were due to the bad policies of the previous governments. The Punjab government should tell people how those administrations ruined Pakistan,” he added.
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Buzdar is the subject of much criticism by members of his party and the Pakistan Muslim League Q allied for his inability to administer the administration efficiently and for not releasing funds for his areas.
Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, also recently rebuked the Buzdar-led government for its “below-level performance” and accused the CM of acting as a “monarch” in the matter related to the release of funds from elevation. He had also questioned Buzdar’s ability to run the province.
Reports of a break in the party also gained validation when federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said on Saturday that the ruling party is responsible for its own sufferings since an “already inactive” opposition did not pose a threat to the office of the Prime Minister Imran.
On Sunday, the besieged CM tried to allay the concerns of legislators and ticket holders belonging to his party, assuring them of the allocation of development funds for their constituencies.
When addressing the legislators, Buzdar had said that the development work in the constituencies would be carried out with the consultation of the ticket holders.
The guarantee came amid reports that the Pakistan-Quaid Muslim League (PML-Q), a key ally of the PTI in Punjab, had received discretionary powers to appoint bureaucrats of their choice in five districts, as well as huge funds from development. This led to the perception that Buzdar was gradually losing control of his office.
Addressing the members of the PTI, the main leader of the party, Jehangir Khan Tareen, had said that the ticket holders were active in the game, since winning or losing was part of the game.