BUREWALA - Local traders, industrialists and farmers criticised the massive increase in the petroleum products' prices, and said that the decision would destroy the industrial sector and the national economy.

Markazi Anjuman Tajraan President Muhammad Jamil Bhatti and Burewala Industrialists Association President Muhammad Saghir Ramay said that trade deficit was increasing day by day as the industry was already facing energy crisis. He added that the recent hike would inflict a colossal loss to the business activities in the country.

They demanded that the government should immediately withdraw the increase in prices of petroleum products. They proposed that the government should create conducive atmosphere for initiating new businesses and promoting trade activities and cut down its expenditures to bridge the budget deficit gap. He also demanded that the government should ensure uninterrupted supply of gas and electricity to the industry on priority basis.

Pakistan Kisan Ittehad office-bearers Malik Muhammad Amin, Fiaz Azeem and others said that the government increased fuel prices almost every month or after two months. They said that with regular increase in the prices of fuel, the government was putting economic burden on the farmers.

They added that with the increase in the price of diesel, the cultivation and transportation cost would go up and it would consequently have an impact on the rates of essential commodities.

swindled: Swindlers deprived two village women of cash and gold ornaments here in a Vehari bazaar the other day. Reportedly, two elderly women identified as Maqboolan Bibi and Daulan Bibi, resident of Chak 98/EB came to city to get medicines and were waiting for a rickshaw in Vehari bazaar. In the meantime a white colour car, carrying a man and two women came there and offered them a ride. The women willingly accepted the offer and went with them in the car. Meanwhile, on the way the culprits snatched Rs10,000 and three tolas of gold ornaments from them and fled away. The matter was reported to the Model Town Police.