LAHORE - The PML-Q, which is otherwise considered as a dying political soul among the political players, has held an enthusiastic meeting of the Punjab chapter after a long spell on Thursday in an effort to reorganise the party ahead of Local Bodies polls that are expected by the end of this year.
The special sitting of the PML-Q Punjab, which was chaired by party President, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain attended by party leaders from other provinces to dispel the impression that party had lost confidence among the populace as well as to ascertain the current strength of the party.
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, PML-Q Punjab President who made special efforts through his close associates in the party to establish this meeting a major political show steered the moot.
According to party sources privy to major decisions made during Punjab chapter consultative meeting told this correspondent that party would go for local or province-wise electoral alliance with PTI, JI and other likeminded parties, however chances of making such arrangement with PPP were minimal in Punjab.
However, electoral alliance with PPP could be made in Sindh besides nationalist parties, while in case of Balochistan, nationalist parties and local chieftains would be the option of the party for an alliance.
In Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, the party leadership would go for an arrangement with PTI and JI, besides Qaumi Watan Party of Aftab Sherpao.
The party leadership has given complete authority to Pervaiz Elahi for forging an electoral arrangement for local elections when formal meetings in this regard would be initiated with PTI and JI.
They informed that party would file a comprehensive petition challenging the objectionable articles of the Local Government Act, 2013 next week, as the draft for the petition has almost been finalised by the legal eagles of the party. Party sources said that veteran lawyer and senior party leader, S.M. Zafar expected to lead the legal team for petition against the Local Government Act, 2013.
They informed that all the party leaders were unanimous on the point that they would not opt for boycotting the local polls even the elections would be held on non-party basis. The meeting also decided to reorganise the party in all the provinces of the country and filling the vacant party offices after the desertions from the party to PTI and PML-N before the general elections of 2013 in a bid to grab sizeable share in the Local Bodies’ polls.
Meanwhile, addressing the party leaders and workers, Shujaat and Pervaiz said that the ruling party had betrayed the confidence of the populace by not fulfilling their promises made during the general elections campaign.
They said that first 100 days performance of the government shows huge increase in electricity and petroleum products rates, poor law and order, worst economic situation, alarming increase in the cases of suicides due to rulers anti-people policies. They said that government fulfilling the commitments made with the IMF instead providing relief to the masses and the rulers had failed to control the loadshedding despite its claims of filling the gap of circular debt.
PML-Q top leaders said that rulers had also failed to devise a strategy in the light of the APC proposals to counter terrorism.
They while claiming that PML-Q was the real Opposition said that party would be reorganised at village and ward level ahead of Local Bodies polls. Shujaat and Pervaiz maintained that incumbent rulers of Punjab had made the province penniless which they left as a surplus province in terms of economic progress.
They claimed that they had made the Local Bodies institutions source of serving the masses and development by providing funds through the Provincial Finance Commission, however, the Local Government Act, 2013 aimed at making the local governance system toothless.
The meeting passed six resolutions of which the first resolution expressing concern over the growing price-hike demanded of the rulers to control the profiteers in a bid to control the soaring prices of daily use items to lessen the increasing suicides.
Another resolution condemning the crimes against children with a special reference to five-year old rape victim, Sumbal demanded of the Punjab government to immediately arrest the culprits of this crime and other acts of crime against the children. The third resolution criticising the provincial government for adopting delaying tactics for holding the Local Bodies polls demanded of the Punjab government to clear the Local Government Act, 2013 of the articles made in violation of the Constitution and hold the local elections on party basis.
Yet another resolution condemning the increase in the tariff of electricity and petroleum products demanded of the Federal government for withdrawing the decision immediately. It also appreciated suo moto of Chief Justice of Pakistan over the issue.
The fifth resolution expressing concern over the law and order situation, the PML-Q moot demanded of the rulers to discharge their Constitutional responsibilities to protect the life and property of the masses.
The last resolution demanded of the provincial government to complete the projects of hospitals, colleges and universities initiated during the PML-Q government for the greater good of the people without political considerations.