A few late-coming PTI members protest after finding doors closed

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President hosts reception for IMC councillors

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday showed a gesture of hospitality and magnanimity as he hosted a reception for the newly elected members of the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) and shared with them his vision of Islamabad as a ‘beautiful, model city’ of the world. The reception was in fact part of the Independence Day celebrations and the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation had to organize it with President as Chief Guest. But on Friday, the tables were turned and the president invited them instead at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and addressed them on this occasion. The president also listened to the members of the IMC and their plans of modernizing the city and providing all the necessary facilities.
While majority of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) councilors were on time and were received by the staff of the Aiwan-e-Sadr a number of late comers were also there who arrived around an hour late. Consequently they could not attend the ceremony and when they were told that the president was delivering a speech and as per the protocol they could not get inside, they took it ill and started protest. Some of the PTI councilors even set the invitation cards on fire and chanted slogans in protest.
A lady councilor of the PTI while talking to Pakistan Observer, regretted her colleagues’ action. She said she was well in time as the reception had to start at 10 A.M. Unfortunately, some of my colleagues arrived at 11 A.M. when the function was already about to end therefore they could not attend the reception, she said.
Mayor of Islamabad Sh Ansar Aziz along with his deputy mayors, chairpersons of the union councils and general councilors was there to introduce his team to the president. The president said that an effective local government system always strengthened democratic dispensation and improved the living standard of the people by resolving their problems at the grass-root level. The president said that local government system was the nursery of democracy where elected representatives work for welfare and betterment of the people.
Congratulating the IMC members on being elected in recent local government elections, the asked them to discharge their responsibilities with dedication and honesty by following the Quaid Azam’s motto of ‘work, work and work’.
“You have made history as the first elected representatives of the Federal Capital and now it is your responsibility to work for the betterment of the city”, added the president. President Mamnoon Hussain said that Islamabad is one of the beautiful capitals in the world and urged the local representatives to work with missionary zeal to make it a model city for others to emulate.
Mamnoon Hussain noted that in recent years the capital city has seen increase in its population and expansion which has raised some issues adding that heavy responsibility falls on the shoulders of elected representatives to meet its infrastructural development needs and ensure provision of basic amenities for the welfare of the people of the city.
He expressed optimism that Mayor of the Metropolitan Corporation and other representatives will work with new energy and vigor to address the issues of the local people. The President did not forget to mention issues of illegal Kachi Abadis. They are causing strain on resources which generate many problems. He called for solid planning and strategy before establishment of new localities and urged the representatives to work in addressing this important issue.
The president also urged the representatives to play their part in eradicating the menace of corruption and corrupt practices by promoting virtues of meritocracy and transparency.

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