Imran names Usman Buzdar as Punjab CM candidate
Imran made the announcement in a video shared by the party on their official social media accounts.
LAHORE (Dunya News) - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Friday named Sardar Usman Buzdar as candidate for the Punjab chief minister s slot.
Imran, who was elected the 22nd prime minister earlier in the day, made the announcement in a video shared by the party on their official social media accounts.
Dunya News earlier reported that Buzdar was had emerged as a strong contender for the post.
Explaining his reason behind the decision, Imran said his party had pledged to bring people from under-developmed areas into mainstream. "Sardar Usman hails from Punjab s most backward and least developed area. People there don t have access to water, electricity or hospital," he added.
"Sardar Usman knows the struggle of a poor man. He is the only MPA who doesn t have electricity in his house. I have faith in him and God willing he ll deliver."
Who is Usman Buzdar?
Buzdar held important meetings with PTI chief Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen in Bani Gala. He garnered 26,897 votes from PP-286 Taunsa Sharif and defeated independent candidate Khawaja Muhammad Nizamul Mehmood.
Buzdar remained a member of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) from 2002-2008 and later switched to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). In 2013, he contested the election from PML-N ticket but lost to Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) candidate.
In Musharraf era, he remained district Nazim of Taunsa. His father Fatah Muhammad Buzdar is the chief of Buzdar tribe and was elected thrice as Member of National Assembly (MNA).