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Naya Pakistan: PM directs lawmakers to stay in touch with their constituents


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Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the lawmakers to stay in touch with their constituents to identify their problems and strive for their immediate resolution. According to media reports, in a meeting with the members of the National Assembly hailing from Sahiwal and Lahore divisions at PM Office, the Prime Minister said that the government would ensure resolution of public issues in consultation with the respective legislators.

PM also made it clear that his government is committed to upgrading the lives of people of far-flung areas. It is being seen as a positive development since lawmakers who represent their respective areas have different problems and solutions to counter them. If the government involves them in the decision-making process it will definitely solve their problem and it will also give them a sense of self-rule.

PM Khan’s led government has made it clear many times that local government will be made effective and powerful so that local issues are solved on a preferential basis.

The parliamentarians included Ijaz Ahmed Shah, Rahat Amanullah Bhatti, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai, Alia Hamza Malik, Sobia Kamal Khan, Dr Nosheen Hamid, Rubina Jameel, Rukhsana Naveed, Shonila Ruth and Rai Muhammad Murtaza. The meeting was also attended by Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood, Special Assistant to PM Naeemul Haque and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PIT) Secretary General Arshad Dad.

It is generally claimed that successive civilian and military regimes have been elite-centric in Pakistan and the poor have generally been ignored. Imran Khan who supposed started his struggle almost twenty years ago in Pakistan was interested to create a Pakistan where poor people are listened to and their grievances are addressed. Political analysts believe that the reason behind Khan’s popularity was primarily due to his attention given to the poor and their problems.

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Traditionally, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) since the 1990s have been Urban-centric parties. Rural areas in Punjab and Sindh were ignored and development works remained limited to the mega cities. PM Khan also clarified his pro-people stance in his maiden speech after assuming the office of Premier. He aspired to create a Naya Pakistan on the ideals of state of Medina.

This meant Khan wanted an Islamic welfare state where pro-people policies are made and everyone is considered equal before the law. PM’s latest direction to the lawmakers to stay in touch with the people of their constituencies in order to listen to their problems and solve them is a being seen a positive step. It is pertinent to mention here that PM Khan’s led government has made it clear many times that local government will be made effective and powerful so that local issues are solved on a preferential basis.