Peshawar     -    Addressing a grand joining ceremony held at the Chief Minister’s house on Wednesday, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan welcomed the independently elected local body representatives from Peshawar and Malakand region to the fold of PTI saying the political parties involved in the PDM have been wiped out at the grassroots level. On the occasion, over 100 Village and Neighborhood Council chairmen from Peshawar, Khyber, Kohat, Shangla, Dir, Swat, Chitral, Bajour, Charsadda and Mardan announced joining PTI in addition to expressing their firm conviction to support the upcoming true Independence March to be led by PTI Chairman Imran Khan. The Chief Minister extended his heartfelt felicitation to the newcomers and said over 200 Village and Neighborhood Council chairmen from the Southern and Hazara region have also joined the PTI which is undoubtedly an expression of their firm confidence in the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf. Touching upon the local bodies system, the Chief Minister said that PTI believes in the devolution of powers to grass root representatives. Holding of free and fair local bodies elections in the province is evidence enough to this effect. “Issues being faced by the local bodies representatives are being resolved on a priority basis”, he said and added that the ultimate goal is to ensure services delivery at the doorsteps of people for which all the stakeholders including local bodies representatives and other relevant entities would have to play their respective role efficiently. The Chief Minister said that the incumbent provincial government has taken multiple steps to provide maximum relief to its citizens in addition to providing a monthly honorarium to Aima Masajid and religious leaders of minorities which is undoubtedly a landmark initiative of the provincial government for the protection and promotion of our religion, culture and values.