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KP, Punjab LG polls: PM Imran Khan forms committee to devise strategy for second phase

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Lahore/Islamabad: After a major setback in the first phase of the PTI in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa local government elections in 2021, Prime Minister Imran established a 21-member Supreme Council for LG polls. The second stage is to formulate a political strategy.

The first meeting of the supreme committee is under way in Islamabad and is being chaired by the premier himself.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, PTI chief organiser Saifullah Niazi, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur, Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood and Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak are in attendance.

Earlier, people familiar with the matter said that the meeting will also make a major decision on the upcoming LG poll in Punjab.

The source further stated that the meeting will review candidates for the post of metropolitan commissioner and mayor in the district headquarters that competed in the first phase of the LG poll in Punjab.

Moreover, the names of political personalities will be considered for nomination for the mayor’s seats.

Earlier, PM Imran Khan had directed the party leadership to adopt a joint strategy for the upcoming LG polls in Punjab.

The premier advised that the Punjab leadership should consult with senior leaders to devise a plan of action to perform better in the Punjab LG elections.

He was presiding over a meeting of PTI members and senior leadership to hold consultations on local body elections in Punjab.

PM Imran Khan said that he has always respected the views of senior workers and leaders of the party.

He decided to personally oversee the strategy of PTI’s LG poll in Punjab, saying that the party should start preparing for the game from this moment.

The Prime Minister said that the government hopes that the powers of lower levels will be decentralized, and a strong local government system will be formed to solve the problems of the people at the grassroots level.

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