The Awami Workers Party (AWP) federal committee member Ch Fateh Muhammad has opposed the Punjab government’s bill presented in the Punjab assembly to hold the upcoming local body election on non-party basis.

In a press statement issued here, he said that the local body elections should be held on party basis, adding the political forces including the PML-N had pledged to devolve powers to the grass-roots level through local bodies but now the government seemed to be deviating from it promise.

He criticised what he called efforts to ‘select’ local government representatives, saying such an exercise would result in horse-trading. He demanded holding next local councils elections on party basis.

QUL HELD: Scores of politicians, policeman, educationists and common public attended Qul held for mother of former district nazim and PTI leader Ch Muhammad Ashfaq and Chenab Group of Industries Chief Executive Mian Muhammad Latif.

Prominent persons among them were MNAs Rai Hasan Nawaz, Khalid Warraich, MPAs Mian Rafiq, Amjad Javed, ex district nazim Ch Abdul Sattar, Faisalabad University of Agriculture VC Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Faisalabad Education Board Chairman Syed Mumtaz Hussain, Additional IG Police Ch Tanweer Ahmad,retired SP Ch Muhammad Hajif, ex-federal minister Khalid Kharal, ex-MNA Riaz Fatyana, ex-senator Tariq Chaudhry and ex-MPA Ihsan Gujjar.