LAHORE - Punjab Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood intends to give some useful tips on good governance to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to improvise the conduct of some key departments.

Talking to reporters Saturday in Lahore, the governor said: “I have planned a series of conferences on health, education and sanitation to elicit views of experts and send their recommendations to the Punjab government for implementation.”

The governor believes that despite good efforts by the chief minister, there is still room for improvement in departments whose performance had direct bearing on people’s health and education. He said that lack of good governance was the big issue in Pakistan, which was also the root cause of many other problems. “Solution of issues regarding governance would remain my number one priority as the governor of Punjab.”

The governor said he wanted to utilise his capabilities in an effective manner and in the positive direction without creating any hurdles for the provincial government.

“I have instructed my staff that files coming from the provincial government should be returned within an hour,” he said, adding that he wanted to be a facilitator not a trouble maker.

To a question about his political future, he said that he would prefer to be a part of the PML-F but if the party leadership expels him, he would take a decision in consultation with his assembly members.  The governor said the process to install a caretaker government had not started but he was sure that retired judges would be selected for this key responsibility.

He said that he was going to meet provincial heads of different political parties at the Governor’s House on Monday with a view of creating political harmony ahead of coming elections.

The governor told journalists that he had invited all Punjab Assembly members at a dinner today to convey the message that he did not belong to any particular party.

He said: “I don’t see any threat to the democratic system by Dr Tahirul Qadri. I have already stated that Dr Qadri should not put his devotees to test by calling them out in freezing weather.”