Interim CMs term cries of foul play in polls ‘propaganda’


LAHORE: The interim chief ministers of Punjab and Balochistan on Saturday urged people not to give any attention to the “propaganda” being spread regarding fairness of the general election 2018, saying that all the political parties are being given equal opportunities to contest the polls.

This was said in a meeting between Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari and Balochistan Caretaker Chief Minister Alauddin Mari in Quetta.

The meeting said that no one should doubt on the impartiality of caretaker governments. Both chief ministers appealed to the people to exercise their right to vote without giving attention to any propaganda.

Ideas were exchanged in the meeting regarding the mandate of caretaker governments. The meeting condemned the terrorist incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan and said that these anti-social elements were trying to destroy the peaceful environment of the country. However, the security and law enforcing agencies are vigilant to terminate these nefarious designs, it was said.

Balochistan CM also mentioned the Cardiology Institute, a project of Punjab government, which is facing undue delay for a long time, which needs to be expedited. The caretaker chief minister of Punjab assured that work on this project will be initiated soon and necessary directions will be issued to authorities concerned in this regard.

It was also assured that more Baluchistan students will be accommodated in the educational institutes of Punjab.

Caretaker Punjab Minister for Law Zia Haider Rizvi, Caretaker Ministers of Balochistan Imam Bakhsh Baloch and Salam Khan, Punjab Chief Sectary Akbar Hussain Durrani and secretary to Punjab CM were also present during the meeting.