LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Saturday sought to allay concerns of lawmakers and ticket-holders belonging to his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) by assuring them of allocation of development funds for their constituencies.
Over 20 MPAs have formed a forward bloc in Punjab because they are not happy with Buzdar who, they say, reshuffled the provincial bureaucracy without taking them into confidence and did not release development funds either.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had also recently rebuked the Buzdar-led government for its “below-par performance”.
Addressing the lawmakers elected to the National Assembly and the Punjab Assembly from Punjab, Buzdar said that development work in the constituencies would be carried out with the consultation of the ticket holders.
The assurance comes amidst reports that the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), a key ally of the PTI in Punjab, had been given discretionary powers to appoint bureaucrats of its choice in five districts as well as huge development funds. This has led to a perception that Buzdar is gradually losing control of his office.
Addressing the PTI members, senior party leader Jehangir Khan Tareen said that the ticket-holders were assets of the party as winning or losing was part of the game.
He said that strengthening the hands of the ticket-holders was actually strengthening the party as they had taken thousands of votes. He said that the process of consultation with ticket-holders would continue in future.