PM Imran says devolution of power top priority of PTI govt

PM Imran says devolution of power top priority of PTI govt

Lahore (Staff Report/Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that devolution of powers is the most important agenda of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.

While, chairing a meeting on local bodies system here on Sunday, PM Khan reviewed a draft on local body system prepared by the federal government.

He said a local bodies system will be introduced in which local government representatives are not blackmailed at any level and they can fully focus on welfare of people. Besides devolution of powers it will also be ensured that people hold their representatives accountable, he added.

The meeting was attended by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman, and other senior party members.

"There is a dire need to fix the way the police works and to depoliticise bureaucracy. Merit needs to be brought in and laws need to be practiced in letter and spirit," Khan stressed during a televised speech to civil servants.

"Never again, during any other government's tenure, will you be given the freedom to do your job professionally," he said.

In the address, he urged civil servants to value the freedom the PTI government will be providing them and not let it go to waste. He assured them that their work will not be interferred with and they will face "no pressure to engage in any wrongdoing whatsoever".

“I was very hurt that a police officer and two bureaucrats publicised what should have been a matter that goes up their chain of command,” the PM said

Issuing a final warning, Khan made clear that such 'politicisation' of the state's inner workings will never be tolerated in future.

He said that 'Naya Pakistan' entails a new mindset and a new way of thinking, and expressed confidence that the nation would surpass the heights he believes it had reached in the '60s.