ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to announce a ‘Mega Relief Package’ for direct facilitation to more than 10 million citizens bearing brunt of the global inflation.
Speaking to the media after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) core committee meeting on Monday, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said, “Two major agendas including a mega package to control inflation and upcoming local government elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) came under discussion.”
The minister said that the committee expressed concerns over the constant increase in fuel prices at the international market. “Though, the government has taken numerous steps to prevent its impact to pass on to masses, but ‘the concerning thing is that as to how long will it be controlled,” he added.
The meeting also discussed an action plan to deal with the energy issues, said Chaudhry.
“There has been confusion that either the elections of mayors of cities and districts in Punjab would be held directly or indirectly. It has been decided that the cities will elect their mayors through direct elections,” he continued while divulging the details about upcoming local government polls in the two provinces.
“This was the promise made by the prime minister to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from the very first day that he would ensure direct democracy. Now, its preparations are in final stages,” he maintained.
Fawad said that the process for nomination of candidates for local bodies’ elections would start soon as all the preparations had been finalized in that regard, while party workers, especially in Punjab, were told to mobilize political workers. Likewise, a campaign for local bodies’ election was also being run in K-P
The core committee also discussed matters related to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), including the notices served upon Chaudhry and Minister for Railways Azam Swati, and called for their withdrawal.