Imran promises local elections in 90 days

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) will hold local government elections in 90 days after coming into power, party chairman Imran Khan announced in Lahore on Wednesday.

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Published: Thu 25 Apr 2013, 9:18 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:09 PM

In a significant boost to its electoral prospects in Punjab capital, over 70 former town nazims (mayors) of the metropolitan city joined the PTI. Lahore is regarded as the strong power base of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Talking to reporters on this occasion, Imran threw a challenge to PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to hold a TV debate with him on party programmes and past performance.

Imran said both major political parties, the PML-N and the the PPP, failed to hold local government elections because they did not want to devolve power to the grass roots level.

Explaining his strategy for improving the rural life, Imran said he will ask overseas Pakistanis to own one village and sponsor development projects there.

To ensure satisfaction of the sponsors, the PTI chairman said that all the developmental work in the villages will be monitored through satellite cameras. They cannot be expected to bring about any meaningful change in the status quo after having failed during the past over two decades.

Explaining his optimism about fixing problems faced by Pakistan, Imran said he has lived abroad and has seen how systems work for the benefit of the people.

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