PTI aims to halt postings, transfers in Punjab

LAHORE: The PTI has moved Lahore High Court on Monday to halt the caretaker government of Punjab from transfers and postings in the province.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry, Hamad Azhar have been among 13 from the party ranks who have filed a petition in the high court challenging reshuffle in the Punjab bureaucracy.
Petitioners have made the federal government, the election commission, caretaker government and principal secretary to the Governor as respondents in the case.
“Caretaker government has been installed for delimitations and holding general elections,” according to the petition. “The constitution and the law not allows the caretaker setup to reshuffle the Punjab bureaucracy,” petitioners said.
They pleaded to the court to halt the caretaker government from postings and transfers and declare the reshuffle as null and void.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had banned the transfers, postings and new developments projects in Punjab after installing the caretaker set-up.
A complete ban was imposed on transfers, postings and new development projects across the country, according to the letter issued by the provincial election commissioner.
On the other hand, Former Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema claimed on Monday the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was working against interests of the people of Punjab.
Speaking to media, Mr Cheema recalled the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) era, saying the economy was growing by six percent during former prime minister Imran Khan’s tenure.
Recounting the facilities given by the PTI-led government to the masses, Mr Cheema said Mr Khan had given the facility of medical treatment to every family, at a cost of Rs10 million.
Speaking of the PTI stalwarts’ arrests, Mr Cheema said, “We could not be blackmailed by arrests.”
Lashing out at the coalition government, Mr Cheema said, “Few of the ministers should avoid giving useless statements and get their medical checkups done.” Meanwhile, Former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi recalled on Monday the demand of snap polls to get the country out of its economic hardships. Mr Elahi met Tahir Javed, a Texas-based Pakistani businessman and a member of the Democratic Party, to discuss matters of bilateral relations and challenges faced by the overseas Pakistanis. –Agencies