OKARA - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Central General Secretary Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidari has said that his party will take part in the upcoming general elections with full strength. Now the nation will not tolerate rigging in the elections as solution to all prevailing problems lies in free, fair and transparent elections, he declared while talking to journalist on his departure from the district here the other day.

Maulana Haidari pointed out that no one was feeling secure due worst law and order, bomb blasts, extortion and kidnapping for ransom while skyrocketing prices and poverty had forced people to commit suicide and sell their children. The JUI-F stalwart said that his party was struggle for enforcement of Islamic laws as it deemed Islam as a panacea to all the prevailing problems.

JUI-F District Okara General Secretary Syed Ehtishamul Haq Gillani and District Information Secretary Hafiz Ateequr Rehman were also present on the occasion.

Maulana Haidari said that Kalabagh Dam was a technical issue and hatred had been created among people of different provinces by politicising this important issue. He claimed that the PML-N had approached his party for seat adjustment in Balochistan for the forthcoming general elections. He disclosed that an important meeting of the MMA would be held in the first week of January in which important decisions would be made.

To a question, Maulana Haidari said that if Yousuf Raza Gilani can relinquish premiership in compliance with the Supreme Court orders, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain should also appear in the apex court on January 7.

SALT PROCESSORS' ROLE HIGHLIGHTED: Salt processors in the district are producing more than 9,400 metric tonnes of Iodised salt annually to prevent people from Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD).

Executive District Officer (Health) Dr Saeed Ullah Khan appreciated the role of salt processors for strengthening Universal salt Iodization in district. He shared the results of NNS 2011 according to which the use of Iodized salt at household level has increased to 69 % from 17 % in 2001,IDD eliminated in 63 % mothers as compare to 23 % in 2001 Further more today 64 % children of 6 to 12 years are secure from IDDs as compare to 36 % in 2001.

The IDD has significantly decreased over the last one decade due to successful and effective implementation and execution of Universal salt Iodization Programme. He expressed these views during the refresher training workshop of salt processors on the subject "Iodization techniques, quality control and Legal Framework of IDD/USI" organised by the Health Department with the assistance of the Micronutrient initiative.

On the occasion, Dr Mohanmmad Athar, District Officer Health laid stress on the production of only adequately Iodized salt and advised salt possessors to ensure production of Iodized salt was not only their legal obligation but also moral duty.