Government of Punjab, Pakistan
Provincial Government Seal
Provincial Government Flag
|Seat of Government||Lahore|
|Speaker||Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi (PMLQ)|
|Members in Assembly||371|
|Governor||Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar (PTI)|
|Chief Minister||Sardar Usman Buzdar (PTI)|
|Chief Secretary||Akbar Hussain Durrani|
|High Court||Lahore High Court|
|Chief Justice||Justice Muhammad Anwaarul Haq|
The Punjab province is the country's most populous region and is home to the Punjabis and various other groups. Neighbouring areas are Sindh to the south, Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the west, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly North West Frontier Province (NWFP)), Azad Kashmir, Indian Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Islamabad to the north, and Indian Punjab and Rajasthan to the east. The main languages are Punjabi and Urdu and the provincial capital is Lahore. The name Punjab literally translates from Persian into the words 'Panj' (پانج) five, and 'Aab' (آب) water respectively, which can be translated as "five water" (hence the poetic name land of the five rivers), referring to the Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Chenab and Jhelum rivers. Part of the Indus river also lies in Punjab, but it is not considered one of the "five" rivers.
There are 48 departments in Punjab government. Each Department is headed by a provincial Minister (elected member of the provincial assembly) and a provincial Secretary (a civil servant of usually BPS-20 or BPS-21). All ministers report to the Chief Minister, who is the Chief Executive; and all secretaries report to Chief Secretary Punjab, who is a BPS-22 grade bureaucrat. The Chief Secretary is appointed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
In addition to these departments, there are several Autonomous Bodies and Attached Departments that report directly to either the Secretaries or the Chief Secretary.
The Punjab Assembly is a unicameral legislature with 297 elected Members and 74 reserved seats.