Civil society activists and people from different walks of life at a seminar strongly criticised political parties especially PML-N, PPP and PTI for their failure to hold local government elections in Punjab, Sindh and KP despite commitments made by them in their election manifestos.

The protesters demanded holding of LG polls forthwith. The Sustainable Participatory Organisation held the seminar to develop consensus against delay in local government polls here on Wednesday. The seminar was addressed by Dr Ishaq Fani and many others.

The speakers said that the PML-N was afraid of defeat in LG elections and therefore it did not hold the elections in Punjab. They added that the PPP and PTI also feared the same consequences and therefore showed least interest in holding local bodies elections in Sindh and KP. They pointed out that local government elections were held in Balochistan because the political parties were weaker than traditional tribal system in the province. They pointed out that the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued deadline for holding local body elections, but political parties did not comply with the order.

The participants rejected PML-N’s arguments for delay in local body elections, and said the party was not fair in holding the local bodies. PML-N district president Bilal Butt, while responding to queries, said the PML-N would hold the local body elections soon as it was not afraid of anything.

A large numbers of special persons were also present on the occasion. They urged the political parties for allocation of 15pc quota for disabled persons in the local government elections. The special persons also demanded more empowerment of local bodies.

The South Punjab PPP acting general secretary Dr Javed Siddiqui, Pakistan Saraiki Party vice president Syed Hassan Raza, Malik Nasim Labar, Sister Nasim George, Jam Jamshid also spoke.