Farmers warn of road and rail roadblocks – Newspaper | So Good News


OKARA: The office-bearers of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) of Bath faction told a press conference on Wednesday that they plan to block GT Road at Okara bypass and railway line due to failure of the Shehbaz government to fulfill farmers’ demands. , which it had accepted two weeks ago in the wake of a nine-day farmers’ protest in Islamabad.

PKI-Bath senior provincial vice president Ghulam Mustafa Wattoo along with other leaders said hundreds of farmers remained in Islamabad for nine days to accept their 15-year-old demands. They returned to their hometowns after senior government officials agreed to fix Rs 13 per unit for agri tube well, issue interest-free loans to farmers, cut DAP and urea fertilizers and provide subsidized solar power for tube wells.

He said that there had been no compliance with the agreed points by the government. He demanded that new power and fertilizer rates be implemented and the black marketing of fertilizers be checked.

The Bath group has issued a call for protests until November 15 for road and rail blockades. Earlier in 2011, the Bath group had forced the then government to accept pro-farmer demands through a relentless sit-in and train blockade.

Officials said the Nov. 15 plan would also be as tough as in 2011.

KILLED: A gunman fell victim to bullet fire from his accomplices late on Tuesday, Haveli Lakkha police said.

The night patrolling team was alerted that three armed men had taken a motorcycle and cash on Basirpur-Adleeky Sohag Road. Police spotted armed men near Al-Abbas Town on Basirpur Road. Meanwhile, another patrolling van also arrived there and both teams asked the gunmen to surrender but the gunmen started firing which was retaliated. The trading of bullets continued for 15 minutes.

When the guns fell silent, the police team found one of the gunmen dead from the bullet wounds of his accomplice. The police found a weapon and the stolen motorcycle on him. The police moved the body to the Okara District Headquarters City Hospital mortuary for a postpartum.

On the report of Haveli Sub-Inspector Muhammad Sarwar, a case was registered against unidentified gunmen. The deceased was identified as Ghulam Mustafa, alias Tehnee, of Peer Islam neighborhood. He was wanted and involved in 40 criminal cases registered at PS Haveli Lakkha.

Published in Dawn, November 10, 2022


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