SIALKOT, Dec 26 (APP): Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said regular functioning of local bodies institutions would not only further strengthen the democracy but also help empower the masses at grass-roots level.

Addressing the newly elected chairmen and vice chairmen of different Union Councils, MNAs and MPAs on Friday night, he expressed satisfaction over the success of PML-N candidates in recent local bodies elections in Sialkot district.

He said the success of PML-N candidates was the result of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s policies and popularity of Pakistan Muslim League-N among the people of the country.

The Minister said a large number of elected independents joined Pakistan Muslim League-N which reflected that they had endorsed the polices of the PML-N government, adding that local bodies institutions would be able to resolve masses’ issues at local level.

Khawaja Asif said people across the country were backing the Prime Minister’s policies for bringing the country out of crises and putting it on right track for the prosperity and development as well as stamping out poverty on top priority basis.

He said the PML-N leadership was endeavoring for making the country stable and tracking it on right direction for bringing revolutionary changes in every sphere of life in the country.

The Defence Minister said with active cooperation and support of the masses the country would be made developed and prosperous, adding that development plans of the PML-N government would open new vistas of progress and prosperity.

The people had rejected the negative politics and extended their full support to the PML-N and its policies for bringing radical change in every sphere of life, he added.

About the nomination of chairman and vice chairman Zila Council, he said, the decision would be made in best interest of the people and district Sialkot in near future.

Asif urged upon the newly elected members that they should work for the betterment of the people and development of the district with honesty and commitment.

MNAs Chaudhry Armaghan Subbhani, Zahid Hamid, Syed Iftikhar ul Hssan and Rana Shamim Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.