PM Imran stands by his decision of nominating Usman Buzdar as Punjab CM

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Khan says Sardar Buzdar understands the problems of the people of neglected areas

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Saturday said that he stands by his decision of nominating Sardar Usman Buzdar as Punjab’s CM.

In a series of tweets on Saturday hours after taking oath, he said: “I want to make it clear I stand by our nominee Usman Buzdar for CM Punjab. I have done my due diligence over the past two weeks and have found him to be an honest man. He has integrity and stands by my vision and ideology of Naya Pakistan.”

The prime minister said that Buzdar comes from one of the most backward areas of Punjab – the tribal area of DG Khan Division, adding that it is an area that has no electricity, water or a doctor for over 200,000 people.

Khan said that Sardar Buzdar understands the problems of the people of neglected areas and will be able to ensure their uplift as chief minister.

The PTI chairman said: “This is the first time Punjab will have a CM from such a neglected area who is acutely aware of what has to be done there. I fully back him all the way.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement surfaced soon after it was revealed that designated Punjab CM of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sardar Usman Buzdar had paid blood money to resolve a murder case against him after a court found him and his companions guilty in January 2000.

According to the details garnered, a murder case lodged against Usman Buzdar, his father and other in 1998 and the court found them guilty in January 2000.

However, the nominated Punjab CM and his father paid Rs7.5million as blood money and settled the case. According to police, six people were killed iun firing incident during polling in 1998.

On Friday, prime minister-elect Imran Khan had announced Buzdar s name as a candidate for the post of CM Punjab via a video message.

Explaining his decision, the PTI chief had said: "Sardar Usman hails from the most impoverished area of Punjab. These people have no water, no electricity, no hospitals.

Buzdar is an advocate and a landlord by profession. Born in May 1969, in the tribal stretch of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab, Buzdar is the eldest of five brothers and sisters. While he received his early education from his family village, Barthi, he later enrolled at Multan’s Bahauddin Zakariya University for a masters in political science and then completed an LLB.