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Committee formed for creation of South Punjab province: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is ready to fulfill its election pledge of making South Punjab a separate province and a committee has been formed to achieve consensus on the matter, ARY News reported.

Addressing media in the federal capital. the minister said that the committee comprising senior PTI leaders Khusro Bakhtiar and Shah Mehmood Qureshi will other parties like Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on board to find a workable solution for creation of the province.

Formation of a South Punjab province was one of PTI’s top pledges during the party’s election campaign as the party chief Imran Khan himself promised it when a group of politicians with the demand joined his party.

“A separate province is not enough and we will form a committee to solve South Punjab’s issues,” Imran Khan had said in May.

“We are committed to creating South Punjab province on administrative basis that respects the wishes of both, the people of Punjab as well as each of the other federating units of Pakistan. We will create political consensus by engaging political parties, people of Punjab province and the rest of Pakistan, including other stakeholders. Upon reaching consensus, we will pass legislation from the provincial assembly, and then from the two houses of parliament in Islamabad to create the legal framework for the creation of South Punjab province,” reads the PTI manifesto for elections 2018.

Amendment in NAB laws

The Minister said National Accountability Bureau laws will be amended to make the body more effective. He said a task force headed by Law Minister Farogh Nasim will work on it.

Fawad Chaudhry added that necessary amendments will also be introduced in civil laws to address women inheritance issues and delay in decision of cases.

He said task forces have also been set up to ensure fulfillment of the PTI’s pledge of providing ten million jobs and five million houses.

The Information Minister said the Prime Minister Imran Khan will review performance of the task forces after every fifteen days.

Plant for Pakistan Day

Speaking on the occasion, PM’s Adviser on Climate Change Amin Aslam said a tree-plantation drive like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) billion tree tsunami will be launched across the country/

He said “Plant for Pakistan Day” will be observed on second of the next month, and on that day, 1.5 million trees will be planted across the country and saplings will be provided free of cost for mass tree plantation.

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