Saqib Mushtaq


Lodhran, one of the backward districts of South Punjab, has been under the clutches of feudal lords and the public representatives who have no interest in the development of the region, it is learnt.

Lodhran got the status of district in 1991 when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was foreigner minster. During Pervez Musharraf era, Abdul Rehman Kanjo was elected as district nazim for two consecutive terms but no remarkable development could be made in the district.

A long period of 23 years has passed but Lodhran still lacks administrative infrastructure. The DCO office was set up in the building of tehsildar and for the deputy commissioners there is no concept of reasonable offices. Likewise, the DPO uses market committee office as his residence. Even the district and sessions judge resides in partitioned Canal Rest House. In 1992-1993, a project of district complex was approved but on its completion, all the government offices were shifted there forcibly even without presence of required furniture and machinery. Local people said that the DCO is the administrator of the development projects but no constructional work seemed to be happened in the city. There is no concept of housing scheme for the employees in the city, they said.