Pakistan

LAHORE – Spokesman for the Punjab Chief Minister Dr Shahbaz Gill on Thursday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would protect every penny of taxpayers and misuse of public money would not be allowed.

Speaking at a press conference at the DGPR here, he said that a committee of the government would look into the matter related to bill passed by the Punjab Assembly regarding increase in salary of the PA members.

He said that the bill presented by an opposition lawmaker was unanimously approved by the house.

Dr Shahbaz said Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and some members of the Punjab cabinet had also expressed reservations over increase in salaries.

“I personally think that time to raise salaries of the lawmakers was not appropriate despite the fact that intent of the House in passing the bill was not wrong”, he said.

The advisor said that it was also a fact that member of the assembly could not meet his/her expenses in current salary and perks. After the bill, salary of an MPA would be equal to one of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly member.

To a question, he said that Prime Minister Imran Khan took an initiative to set-up shelter homes at various cities to facilitate the poor and needy, adding that now the facility would be extended to all hospitals of the province.

He said that Punjab government would continue following the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to serve people.

He said workers were real asset of the party and the government would not disappoint them and the masses who had voted the PTI to power.