Political Counselor of the US to Pakistan called on the Punjab Minister for Law


LAHORE: Political Counselor of the United States to Pakistan Mr. Ted Craig called on the Punjab Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Local Government Raja Basharat at Civil Secretariat on Monday. He was accompanied by his Political Officer Mr. Ted Meinhover and Political & Economic Specialist Ms. Sadaf Saad of Consulate General Lahore. The views on law and order situation, health, education and new Local Government System were exchanged by both parties. Raja Basharat told that the Punjab Government was skillfully fulfilling responsibilities assigned under Financial Action Task Force (FATF). He said that the Punjab Government was also taking solid measures to combat international terrorism under FATF. Speaking on the new LG system, the Minister said that the newly introduced LG System would ensure transfer of powers to the grass roots level through its vast network of Punchayats (Village Councils) in rural and Neighborhood Councils in urban areas. He assured that the LG elections would be held in accordance with the schedule submitted to the Lahore High Court by the government. Raja Basharat said “Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar was determined to establish South Punjab province as sufficient funds had been allocated for this purpose in upcoming budget. The first Punjab budget of PTI lead government promises sufficient funds for the Health and education sector so it is pro-social sector budget instead of focusing on concrete structures. We are preferring human resources development to ensure sustainable and purposeful development in Punjab. This budget contains funds for 9 new hospitals and 6 new universities to be established in the backward and deprived districts.”

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