SADIQABAD - PPP Rahim Yar Khan leaders and guests of a keys distribution ceremony returned disappointed after two-hour wait when it was disclosed that Prime Minister Pervaiz Ashraf has postponed his visit to Sadiqabad.

To receive the PM, Punjab Governor Ahmad Mehmood and Federal Minister Shahabuddin had reached the Rahim Yar Khan Airport but the premier’s visit was cancelled because of rain which did not allowed his flight to take off for Rahim Yar Khan to attend the meeting.

At the ceremony, the prime minister had to hand over the keys of 200 houses built in collaboration with the government of Qatar to the flood victims. For the last week, the arrangements for the gathering were underway. All the roads leading to the venue were blocked ahead of the PM’s arrival by the administration with establishment of six checkposts where vehicles and individuals were frisked. The prime minister had to reach the place at 11am but the participants waited for him till 1am.

The cancelled meeting was attended by MNA Abdul Sattar, MPAs Javed Akbar, Raees Ibraheem Khalil, Javed Hassan Dad, M Asif, Muhammad Din Rind, Rana Arshad, Habibur Rehman, Nadeem Afzal, Khawar Bajwa,Mehmoodul Hasan, Yar Muhammad, Basheer Ahmad, Farooq Aziz, Ziaul Haq, Shahzad Adil, Khalid, Sajid, Saleem, Jahanzeb, Saeed, Murtaza, Abdul Khaliq and Iqtidar. Besides, Assistant Commissioner Abdul Jabbar, ASP Zishan Shafiq and other district officers were also present.