Ch Nisar no challenge to CM or PTI in any way: Firdous


Says a new group may emerge in PML-N with appearance of erstwhile stalwart

Amraiz Khan

Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Monday said that Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is a seasoned politician but he has ‏not only insulted public mandate but also wasted three years by not taking oath in the assembly.

“Ch Nisar kept the voters who elected him as political orphans although she should have come forward for serving his voters.”

Talking to the media here on Monday, the SACM said that Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan neither poses any challenge to Chief Minister Usman Bazar, nor to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in any case.

She was speaking to the media at the inauguration of Special Corona Vaccination Centre for journalists’ community in Rawalpindi.

President National Press Club Shakeel Anjum and Joint Secretary Shakeela Jalil were also present on the occasion.

Dr Firdous said that Chaudhry Nisar deprived his voters of their rights. She said that PTI will not be affected by the appearance of Ch Nisar however, possibilities are there that a new group may emerge in the PML-N itself.

She said that vaccination centres have been set up for the journalists in Rawalpindi and before that vaccination centres have been set up in press clubs in Lahore, Gujranwala and Sahiwal.

She said that journalists have been performing their duties on the front line during the corona pandemic.

Therefore, on the directions of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, the health department will set up formal camps in 36 districts of the province to vaccinate journalists against corona on priority basis.

She said that in a democratic system, the journalists and the government are the two wheels of the same vehicle and journalists lead the government in the face of all challenges.

While congratulating journalists on the passing of Protection Bill, the Special Assistant said that the efforts of Prime Minister Imran Khan have borne fruit and 12-years struggle of journalists have finally succeeded as a bill has been promulgated over which all the journalists are unanimously agreed.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that due to the economic issues of the country, media houses and journalists are facing difficulties.

The media houses as well as the journalists are facing difficulties due to financial hardships being faced by the country.

She said the Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Usman Bazar has made significant progress in the agriculture sector as record production has been achieved this year.

She said that wheat production has increased by 8%, sugarcane production has increased by 22% and rice production has also increased which is the result of pro-farmer policies of the government.

She said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Usman Bazar, the aims and objectives of agricultural policy have been achieved which has made the farmer prosperous.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that Chief Minister has fulfilled the dream of composite development in the backward areas of the province and the development package given to each district of Punjab has no precedent in the past.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that 25% special allowance will be given to employees from June as the government has always protected the interests of the salaried class and the same will be done in future as well.

She said in the past some mega projects started from huge loans made the economy miserable.

Replying to a question, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that a special media briefing will be arranged on Rawalpindi Ring Road and every question of journalists will be answered.

Responding to another question, the SACM said that local bodies are the true face of democracy and local body elections will be held this year.


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