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    Committee formed to recommend a proposal for a new local government structure

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday constituted a committee to recommend within a week a proposal for a new local government structure that will be scrutinised and presented before the provincial assemblies to initiate the required legislation process within a month.

    While presiding over a meeting at PM Office, Mr Khan said that new laws must be prepared within a week so that they could be enforced in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — the provinces where his PTI has its government. Sindh, where the PPP has its government, and Balochistan, where a BAP-led coalition is in power, would be asked to enforce the new LG system under Article 140-A of the Constitution, he added.

    At the meeting, which was also attended by the chief ministers of three of the four provinces besides federal and provincial ministers and secretaries, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary gave separate briefings on the local government system. Another round of discussion on the matter will be held on Monday (today) when it will be decided if the union councils would continue to exist in the new system or they would be replaced by village councils.

    The prime minister said the transfer of power at the grassroots level and people’s empowerment in the real sense was the main plank of PTI’s agenda of reforms. Mr Khan said the past practice of centralisation of power had deprived the people of any meaningful say in government affairs.

    It was learnt that the prime minister endorsed the new system proposed by the information minister and decided that after completion of the tenure of the current local bodies, the district government would cease to exist. Instead there would be tehsil governments to be headed by tehsil mayors whereas city mayor would head the whole system of tehsil governments in a city.

    Talking to Dawn after the meeting, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said, “I proposed LG system like the one functioning in London, Birmingham and Scandinavian countries in which city mayor is elected directly by the people and not by tehsil and union councils.”

    He said in the direct election system people cast two votes at a time and the candidates for the office of city and tehsil mayors would have to get at least 51 per cent votes.

    However, Punjab governor-designate Chaudhry Sarwar and Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal opposed direct elections system in the country. Mr Kamal said people would not be able to understand direct voting system but the prime minister was of the opinion that the system of direct election of mayor should be implemented so that funds could be utilised by the mayors instead of members of national and provincial assemblies.

    About the proposal to replace union councils with village councils, the information minister told the meeting it would not be possible to provide infrastructure for 56,000 villages in the country. “I proposed that the existing union councils be retained and this was also endorsed by the prime minster,” he said.

    Safety of Zaireen
    In a separate meeting, PM Khan directed the relevant officials to chalk out a comprehensive action plan in consultation with all stakeholders within 48 hours for the security of Zaireen visiting holy places in Iran, Iraq and other countries during the coming month of Muharram.

    Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Afridi, secretary to prime minister, interior secretary, religious affairs secretary, Balochistan chief secretary and senior government officers also attended the meeting.

    PM Khan said no effort should be spared in providing fool-proof security and proper facilities to the Zaireen.

    He directed the relevant officials that immigration counters at Pakistan-Iran border should be enhanced to facilitate speedy immigration process. He also directed them that a permanent mechanism be evolved to streamline the entire process.

    In this context, the prime minister directed the state minister for interior to coordinate with the chief minister of Balochistan and other stakeholders, including the security forces and ministry of religious affairs, to streamlining the process and ensure provision of maximum facilities to the Zaireen.

    He said a comprehensive time-bound action plan with delineated responsibilities be submitted to him for his approval.

    Published in Dawn, September 3rd, 2018

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1430621/ne...m-in-the-works


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    New LG system to cost Rs30 billion: Khursheed Shah

    OKARA: The PPP has said it supports Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity campaign, but the proposed new local bodies system and election may cost at least Rs30 billion in the current economic situation.

    The PPP would cooperate with the government in any legislation or amendment designed purely in the interest of the country. This was stated by PPP MNA Syed Khursheed Shah while talking to the media at the residence of PPP’s district president Chaudhry Sajjadul Hassan that he visited to offer condolences on the demise of Mr Sajjad’s brother, Chaudhry Ahsan.

    Former Senate chairman Nayyar Bukhari, former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, former MNA Chaudhry Manzoor Hussain were also present on the occasion.

    Mr Shah said that election for the head of state was very important as it represented the entire nation.

    To a query, he said Maulana Fazlur Rehman would not take any step on his own without consulting the PML-N. Regarding the money laundering cases against PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Mr Shah said everyone knew the background of these “unjustified cases”.

    He also said that the status of chief justice of the Pakistan (CJP) was very honorable and it must be maintained – apparently with reference to the CJP’s raid at a hospital in Karachi.

    He further said that local bodies law in Sindh was functioning well; Prime Minister Imran Khan could change the law in the provinces ruled by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

    To a query, he said the plantation of 10 billion trees in the country was a good idea, but it needed land also.

    Mr Shah said his party would continue its struggle to fulfil the PPP slogan of ‘Roti, Kapra aur Makan’ in the country, especially in Punjab.

    Earlier, former principal information officer of the government, Rao Tehsin Ali Khan, also condoled with Mr Sajjad just as the PPP leadership reached there.

    Published in Dawn, September 3rd, 2018

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1430589


    “It is not defeat that destroys you, it is being demoralized by defeat that destroys you.”
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    Local Government system in working well in Sindh?

    Is Khursheed Shah living in the same Sindh that I was living in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post
    Local Government system in working well in Sindh?

    Is Khursheed Shah living in the same Sindh that I was living in?
    LG system in Bilawal house works amazing. He's not lying.

    They had an issue a few years ago when Alamghir fixit was knocking over trash cans like a raccoon, but since then it's been magnificent.

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    How is Sindh's local government system different than that of Punjab.


    Misbah, Wahab, Junaid, Root, Williamson fan.
    T20 isn't Cricket

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrSchultz View Post
    How is Sindh's local government system different than that of Punjab.
    It has two objectives... To plunder as much money as possible and to convert functioning cities like Karachi into khandar like Larkhana.


    I agree with Khurshid Shah, in that sense it is working perfectly.

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    At some point they will need to impose Governor's rule in Sindh, Sindh is in an urgent need of bureaucracy and police cleanup and set up of LG system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    OKARA: The PPP has said it supports Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity campaign, but the proposed new local bodies system and election may cost at least Rs30 billion in the current economic situation.

    The PPP would cooperate with the government in any legislation or amendment designed purely in the interest of the country. This was stated by PPP MNA Syed Khursheed Shah while talking to the media at the residence of PPP’s district president Chaudhry Sajjadul Hassan that he visited to offer condolences on the demise of Mr Sajjad’s brother, Chaudhry Ahsan.

    Former Senate chairman Nayyar Bukhari, former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, former MNA Chaudhry Manzoor Hussain were also present on the occasion.

    Mr Shah said that election for the head of state was very important as it represented the entire nation.

    To a query, he said Maulana Fazlur Rehman would not take any step on his own without consulting the PML-N. Regarding the money laundering cases against PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Mr Shah said everyone knew the background of these “unjustified cases”.

    He also said that the status of chief justice of the Pakistan (CJP) was very honorable and it must be maintained – apparently with reference to the CJP’s raid at a hospital in Karachi.

    He further said that local bodies law in Sindh was functioning well; Prime Minister Imran Khan could change the law in the provinces ruled by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

    To a query, he said the plantation of 10 billion trees in the country was a good idea, but it needed land also.

    Mr Shah said his party would continue its struggle to fulfil the PPP slogan of ‘Roti, Kapra aur Makan’ in the country, especially in Punjab.

    Earlier, former principal information officer of the government, Rao Tehsin Ali Khan, also condoled with Mr Sajjad just as the PPP leadership reached there.

    Published in Dawn, September 3rd, 2018

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1430589
    Elections are going to be held next year anyway.


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