Islamabad (Staff Report): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday nominated Sardar Usman Buzdar for the position of chief minister Punjab.
Usman Buzdar belongs to the tribal area of Barthi in Dera Ghazi Khan. He had won the election from PP-286 Taunsa Sharif, Dera Ghazi Khan securing 26,897 votes.
He had been a member of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) from 2002-2008 and later joined Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
During Musharraf regime, he remained district Nazim of Taunsa. Usman’s father Fatah Muhammad Buzdar is a chief of Buzdar tribe and was elected thrice as Member of National Assembly (MNA).
Buzdar also contested the election in 2013 on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).ticket but was defeated by Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) candidate.
Imran Khan, who was elected the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, made the announcement in a video shared by the party on their official social media accounts.
Explaining the reason behind his decision, the PTI chief said his party had pledged to bring people from under-developed areas into the mainstream. “Sardar Usman hails from Punjab s most backward and least developed area. People who don t have access to water, electricity or hospital,” he said.
“Sardar Usman knows the struggle of a poor man. He is the only MPA who doesn’t t have electricity in his house. I have faith in him and God willing he ‘ll deliver,” he added.
Usman Buzdar will go up against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's contender: Hamza Shehbaz.
The voting for the chief minister Punjab will be held during Punjab Assembly's session on August 19 (Sunday).
PTI’s senior leader Jehangir Tarin congratulated Buzdar and added: “Usman hails from the poorest part of the Taunsa Sharif — an area that has lagged far behind even other areas of South Punjab. IA! his appointment will help bring South Punjab out of its miseries.”
Congratulations to Usman Buzdar on his nomination for the post of CM Punjab. Usman hails from the poorest part of Tonsa Sharif, an area that has lagged far behind even other areas of South Punjab ! IA, his appointment will help bring South Punjab out of its miseries.— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) August 17, 2018