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PML-Q stands by farmers

PML-Q stands by farmers

LAHORE: PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has called growers’ demands genuine and asked that the government should accept their demands immediately.

In a statement issued here on Friday, he said the PML supports farmers struggle and pledged to stand by them on every front.

He said farmers had been protesting for the last many months but the rulers did not pay heed to them, while the general public was being affected by the blockade of The Mall by the protesters.

He said whenever the N-League came into power it resorted to economic massacre of farmers. He said if farmers were not prosperous, how could Pakistan be.

Also, Jamaat-i-Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch visited the protesting farmers and called upon the government to accept their genuine demands.

He said the rulers had ruined agriculture, industry and trade as the growers were not getting the due price for their crop.

He said if the Trading Corporation of Pakistan could buy sugar from sugar mills, why it did not purchase over half a million tons of rice.

PTI: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Punjab Organiser Chaudhry Sarwar said the present government’s anti-farmer policies are affecting local growers, while its trade with India is benefitting farmers across the border.

He said the government should suspend trade with India and withdraw false cases registered against farmers.

Speaking to the media at the farmers’ sit-in in front of the Punjab Assembly on Friday, Sarwar said the incumbent rulers needed to revisit their “wrong priorities” and invest public money for welfare of farmers and masses. The over Rs100 billion spent on metro bus could have resolved many problems being faced by farmers and the public. He regretted the PML-N government had no plan to help and protect farmers and the poor.

Sarwar further said the PTI fully supported farmers and would continue participating in their protests across the country.

He said the PML-N government was going too far by lodging false cases against farmers and victims of the Kasur child sex scandal instead of offering them justice. He demanded the false cases be withdrawn otherwise the PTI would be compelled to come out on roads. He also announced constituting a taskforce for resolution of farmers’ problems. He said the taskforce would consult farmers and develop a policy for them.

Meanwhile, in a statement PTI Chairman’s political adviser Abdul Aleem Khan said every segment of society, including farmers, were protesting against the government’s “wrong” policies. He said multiplication of miseries being faced all segments of society had exposed the incumbent government’s experienced team.

Published in Dawn, August 22nd, 2015

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