LAHORE: A large number of citizens visited the Punjab Governor’s House on Sunday. Though the Governor’s House was scheduled to open for public at 10am a large number of citizens gathered outside the building on the first day at 9am.
Considering the mounting crowd, the administration of the Governor’s House opened gates at 9:30am.
Provincial Ministers Mian Aslam Iqbal, Fayazul Hassan Chohan and Mian Aslam Iqbal welcomed the citizens. Several members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from the national and provincial assemblies were also present on the occasion.
Governor’s House staff and security personnels remained deputed in different areas of the building to guide citizens and perform security duties.
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The visitors expressed great enthusiasm to see the historic building. They also lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan for fulfilling his promise made with the people of Pakistan. They took selfies with lawmakers in lawns, zoo, lake, dewan-e-khaas, and baradari of the Governor’s House.
A spokesperson for the Governor’s House highlighted that people from almost all parts of Lahore and adjacent cities visited the premises on Sunday. He said any citizen, along with his family, can visit the Governor’s House by showing his Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) at the main entrance, he said. He added that initially some specific areas, like lake, lawns, and hill are being opened for public.
The provincial ministers said the decision of the Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar to open the Governor’s House was a manifestation that PTI leadership would come up to the people’s expectations. The government was considering converting the historic building into a museum and more budget would be spent on education and health.
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Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar in a Tweet said: “Governor’s House in Lahore will be opened for public every Sunday (10am–6pm). Our government is fulfilling promises made with the people of Pakistan.”
Earlier, former Punjab governor Mian Azhar opened Governor’s House’s gates for school children, college and university students in the 1990s. During his tenure, over 20,000 students visited the Governor’s House and this tradition is continued till today.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2018.
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