LAHORE – Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has said the PML-N government is avoiding local bodies’ elections in Punjab for it is afraid of defeat.

Local government is the right of the people and responsibility of the provincial government to hold its elections wherein the Federal Government has no role to play, said the Governor while talking to media men after opening HAPEE 2012 exhibition here Saturday.

Sardar Latif Khosa said denying right to vote to the masses amounts to denial of the democracy. To a question he said, he will oppose delay on the part of the Punjab government about promulgation of the Local Bodies law and added, a bill to amend the LG Act will be a disservice to the masses.

Answering a question on the LG law in Sindh, which has fallen prey to differences among the coalition partners in the provincial government, the Governor said that negotiations are on among all stake holders and Insha Allah a meeting will soon be held with the ANP leadership, which has opposed the law, and the issue will be settled down.

Responding a question on Chief Minister, the Governor said the CM has been caught up in Zardari phobia and his criticism on the President manifests his bewilderment.

When a question was put on the Pakistan-India relations, he said they are improving gradually and are moving to the right direction which augurs well. He said the people of both countries will benefit from visa relaxation and improved trade ties and added, Pakistan will certainly have an edge over India in trade for it will have a much bigger market to sell out its products.

Now is the time to shun hatred and malice against each other as problems can  be solved only through good neighbourly relations, he said while recalling the three wars fought between India and Pakistan and said, they yielded no good to either side. When asked about a common currency between India and Pakistan, the Governor said its possibility was still far away.

He said with the passage of time, issues between the two countries will be solved and clarified in the same breath that Pakistan is still adhere to the principled stand that Kashmir dispute should be settled through the UN resolutions and there is no compromise on it.