LAHORE - Some 19 District Nazims have asked the Punjab Governor to play his constitutional role to let the local governments continue their function which they believe the provincial government does not want. The nazims made this plea in a letter addressed to the Punjab Governor, stating that the provincial government was violating the constitution by illegally interfering in the affairs of district governments. They pleaded the governor to take immediate notice of the gross violations of existing local government laws and play his role to protect and uphold the Constitution of Pakistan. The nazims requested the governor to issue directions to the provincial government to "adhere to the Constitution and the law in letter and spirit, stop unauthorised and illegal interference in the affairs of district governments through provincial bureaucracy and particularly through newly created offices of commissioners." The nazim also asked the governor to play his role in getting Provincial Finance Commission Award announced without any further delay, release of funds for the completion of ongoing projects and to allow preparing and announcing new projects in health, education and agriculture sectors to improve the general conditions of people at large and to pursue the donor agencies in order to implement the MoUs signed with them for different social sector projects. Meanwhile, addressing a press conference here at Lahore Press Club on Thursday, these district nazims challenged the Punjab Chief Minister to come and prove allegations of corruption levelled against district governments. The nazims said that they would come on January 15 to LPC and the CM should also come to have a debate and prove allegations. The nazims included District Nazim Khanewal Ahmed Yar Hiraj, Nazim Attock Tahir Sadiq, Nazim Chakwal Sardar Ghulam Abbas, Nazim Hafizabad Mubashir Abbas Bhatti, Nazim Multan Faisal Mukhtar, Nazim Pakpattan Rao Nasim Hashim, Nazim Lodhran Abdul Rehman Kanju, Nazim Bahawalpur Tariq Bashir Cheema, Nazim Faisalabad Zahid Tauseef, Nazim DG Khan Sardar Maqsood Leghari, Nazim Gujranwala Fayyaz Chattha, Nazim Rawalpindi Javaid Ikhlas, Nazim Rahim Yar Khan Rafiq Leghari, Nazim Gujrat Shafat Hussain, Nazim Mandi Bahauddin Riaz Asghar and Nazim Nankana Sahib Mumtaz Ali Shah. Ahmed Yar Hiraj said that the Punjab Government was interfering in the matters of local governments in violation of section 7, 32 and 148 of the Constitution. He said that stopping the local governments from their constitutional functioning would cause clash among institutions. He said that both eastern and western borders of the country were unsafe and instead of bulldozing the LGs, the Punjab government should make sincere efforts to put own house in order. He urged the government to allow the LGs to work in accordance with the law. Tahir Sadiq said that the Punjab Government illegally carried out special audit of LGs. He said that the nazims waited for eight months but government failed to prove any misappropriation of funds. He said the Punjab Government has spent over Rs 930 million on paying transfer allowance to the government officials transferred from one place to the other. Zahid Tauseef said that the government stopped even ongoing projects that caused lapse of allocated funds. He said that millions of rupees were wasted by abandoning these projects of public interest. Sardar Ghulam Abbas said that the government had not implemented the orders passed by the Lahore High Court on November 24. He said that the LHC had directed the Punjab Government to implement the budget approved by the District Council Chakwal but it paid no heed to court orders.