LAHORE - Punjab Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah Khan on Tuesday said that the Punjab government wanted the upcoming Local Bodies elections in Punjab to be held in phases.

“Election Commission will be requested to hold Local Bodies elections in a phased manner for effective arrangements”, he remarked during the pre-session media briefing at Punjab Assembly here.

The Law Minister further stated that Election Commission had the power to hold Local Bodies elections in a phased manner or otherwise.

“Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has also constituted a high- level committee in this regard”, he added.

Answering another question, he said that the decision regarding 10 per cent increase in the salaries of Punjab government employees will be taken in the Cabinet meeting to be presided over by Chief Minister Punjab on June 12.

He said that usually Federal government is followed with regard to the incentives given to the employees.

However, Cabinet will take final decision regarding 10 per cent increase in the salaries of Punjab government employees, he stated.

Commenting on elections results in Gilgit-Baltistan and Mandi Bahauddin, Rana Sanaullah said that people had totally rejected the politics of PTI.

He said that PTI had been disappointed for taking credit of holding of peaceful elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.

He said that PTI had been exposed in Local Bodies election whereas people had supported the progressive politics of PML-N.

Replying to a question, Law Minister said that according to the law, government could accept or reject report of any Judicial Commission or had the power to make it public or otherwise.

He said that LED (TV) will be installed in Assembly premises for the discharging of professional duties by journalists of Press Gallery in Punjab assembly in an efficient manner.

Earlier, during a briefing Rana Sanaullah said that the Punjab Institute of Quran & Seerat Studies (Amendment) Ordinance, University of Jhang, University of Sahiwal, Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence and Provincial Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bills will be presented in the session of Punjab assembly to be started on June 10.