Aleem Khan dismisses impression that he is the ‘real’ Punjab CM
LAHORE: Senior minister Punjab, Abdul Aleem Khan has dismissed the perception that he is the real chief minister of Punjab and the incumbent CM Buzdar has no power to take decisions.
This he said during an interview with BBC Urdu, Aleem Khan clarified the impression that he is the ‘real’ Punjab chief minister and Usman Buzdar is not in the lead.
He added that he has a lot of responsibilities but the Punjab chief minister has entrusted me with them.
PTI leaders, who holds the charge of local government and community development (LG&CD) department, explained, “If tomorrow I ask you to chair a meeting on local government, it does not mean that you have become the minister for that department.”
He added that CM Buzdar asked me to overlook the province’s 100-day plan and to check the performance of departments.”
Regarding a new local government system, the Punjab senior minister said his ministry has prepared a draft of recommendations which will be forwarded to Prime Minister Imran Khan for approval this week.
Criticizing the previous government, Aleem said, “The former Punjab chief minister kept all the powers with himself and the mayors of the cities had no authority.”
“Under the new local government system, local representatives will have complete administrative and economic authority,” he said.
“For the first time, councils will be established according to neighbourhoods in cities and districts so people do not have to travel far to raise their issues,” Aleem added.
“The mayors will be in charge of all matters pertaining to their cities and all institutions will work under them,” he added.