Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its main ally in Punjab and the federal government, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q), have initiated deliberations to jointly contest the upcoming local government elections in the province.
The proposal was discussed during a meeting between Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi who called on him on Monday.
Pervaiz Elahi announced that the discussions for fielding joint candidates in the local government elections would continue.
Both leaders reportedly discussed proposals and strategies regarding the elections, the political situation and other matters of mutual interest.
Speaking on the occasion, Buzdar highlighted that under the new local government system, powers would be transferred to the lower level in the real sense. He underscored, “The PML is our ally party and our alliance is stronger than ever. We will continue to work together to provide relief to the people of the province regardless of any criticism. We have the best working relationship with Pakistan Muslim League and will accelerate this journey of public service.”
Elahi said the alliance was being moved forward with sincerity. “We are and will remain allies of the government, talks and consultations will continue in the future to bring forward joint candidates in the local body elections.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2021.