The Jamaat-e-Islami has decided to fully resist the Punjab government’s proposed local government bill, saying it will move court if the government took this step.

Talking to the journalists here on Monday, local JI leaders revealed that the JI leadership had decided to confront proposed local government bill, demanding the government to improve Musharraf-era system instead of introducing its own version of local governments. They said that Musharraf did not implement the system properly as the former dictator utilised the system for his personal gains. They demanded establishment of district ombudsman office at district level.

They said that the devolution of power took place because of local government system introduced by Musharraf and the nation was hopeful that the legislators would come out of politics of streets and roads.

They demanded Election Commission of Pakistan to do delimitation of constituencies for local government elections and the polls should be held on computerised electoral rolls formed by the Nadra and Election Commission. They further demanded the government to appoint separate finance officers for running the financial affairs of local governments besides eliminating the difference of urban and rural constituencies. They also asked the government to make all the heads of departments answerable to the mayor of their area.

PHYSICAL REMAND: A local court had granted police two-day physical remand of 30 accused, who were caught for attacking an office of Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco).

Police told the court that the tools used in attacks had to be recovered from the accused and therefore their physical remand was needed. An angry mob enraged on prolonged power outage attacked the office of sub-divisional officer of Mepco in Garden Town area a few days ago and destroyed the premises. The attackers burnt vehicles, official record and all other goods found inside the office besides destroying furniture.

Police registered case against over 150 persons and raids were being conducted by Qutabpur police to arrest the remaining accused. Meanwhile, in a sudden raid, the Mepco authorities claimed to have caught a former union nazim stealing electricity in Mohalla Ghaffaria. Mepco sources claimed that the former nazim namely Rao Mazhar ul Islam was found stealing electricity.

Meanwhile, Zakariya police registered a case against the accused while Mepco authorities imposed fine on him besides cutting off his power supply connection.