LAHORE - Governor Punjab Salman Taseer has said that the Punjab Government should seek apology from district nazims for levelling baseless corruption charges against them. He was addressing a press conference here at Governors House on Thursday along with around 25 district nazims. Salman Taseer said that the Punjab Government published advertisements in national newspapers without establishing corruption charges just to blacken the image of elected representatives. He said that the AGP's letter has clearly indicated that charges were baseless. He said that the Chief Minister should accept the mistake with an open heart and seek apology from district nazims. He said that the Punjab government should also avoid levelling such charges in future. He said that he was fulfilling his constitutional obligation by supporting district nazims. To a question, the Governor said that commissioner was only a monitoring authority and he has no function to interfere in the working of local governments. He said that the PPP always supported devolution plan. He said that the district nazims should be allowed to continue performing their duties. Earlier, around 25 District Nazims sought public apology from the provincial government within fifteen days for levelling allegations of corruption against them. Addressing a press conference here at Lahore Press Club, they said that each of them would file Rs one billion defamation suit in their respective district and sessions courts if the Provincial government did not seek apology. The district nazims had given notice of 15 days to the Chief Minister, Minister Local Government, Chief Secretary, Secretary Local Government and Director General Public Relations to seek public apology from them through advertisements in national dailies. They also thanked Punjab Governor for writing letter to the AGP to clarify the situation. Ahmed Yar Hiraj, District Nazim Khanewal stated the provincial government should know difference between Audit reports and corruption charges. He said the District Coordination Officers (DCOs) had drawing and disbursing authority and nazims were responsible for the execution of development schemes. He said the nazim was merely the figure head of the district and he was just to provide vision and identify schemes after getting approval from council to the DCO. He further stated that nazims were not agitating against the audit reports or against enquiries opened against them but they were protesting against the provincial government for making it a political issue. The nazims alleged that the day the PML-N leadership had assumed charge in Punjab it was making efforts to prove them as corrupt. They demanded of the provincial government to allow them function smoothly instead of putting hurdles in their way which was affecting the people. They charged the provincial government for creating an environment of harassment in district governments through transferring the offices of District Nazims to the DCOs and DCOs offices to the Commissioners.