AHMEDPUR EAST -  The local PML-N leaders demanded the party leadership to declare elections for the slots of chairman and vice chairman of Municipal Committee Ahmedpur East.

Talking to media here the other day, PML-N Ahmedpur East Market Committee Chairman Mian Younus and PML-N Lawyers’ Wing Tehsil President Syed Arshad Bukhari said that the N-MPA Qazi Adnan Farid group is enjoying support of 30 councillors and the group has the right to get its candidate Malik Usman Rasheed Bobak selected as nominee for the slot of chairman Tehsil Municipal Committee.

The N-leadership has also acknowledged the majority of Adnan Farid group, they informed the media. They said that it is democratic right of the elected councillors to elect their head and deputy by casting votes independently. They claimed that the PML-N has majority in the newly-elected house of the Municipal Committee and there is no chance of election of any candidate of other political party. They informed that only three candidates won elections on the PTI ticket while the N-candidates clinched 26 out of 45 seats. He said that 15 other successful candidates who won the elections by contesting independently have joined the PML-N, making the party the ultimate political power of the tehsil.

Meanwhile, Fida Hussain Tabussum, a candidate for the slot of Vice Chairman of Municipality, hosted a dinner in the honour of PML-N reserved seats candidates at Al-Hamad Cotton Factory. A large number of local N leaders and elected councillors attended the dinner.

TEACHING OF QURAN BILL GET THUMBS UP

The federal cabinet approved Teaching of Holy Quran in Public and Private Schools Bill 2016 in a meeting chaired by Premier Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad.

State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman told The Nation on the phone from Islamabad the other day.

He said that after approval of the bill by both houses of the Parliament, Quranic education will become a compulsory subject and it will be taught in all public and private schools of Islamabad and Fata.

It is pertinent to mention that earlier on the request of Mr Balighur Rehman, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had approved the launch of a pilot project in Bahawalpur district under which the students from 1st to 5th class will be taught Nazra-e-Quran in all government and private schools. Similarly, the students from 6th to 10th class will be taught Quran with Urdu translation.