Awami National Party (ANP) Secretary General Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that his party would never accept horse trading in the upcoming Senate elections, adding that it is ready to become part of political alliance to curb the menace.

Addressing a workers' convention, he said that ANP was ready to play a pivotal role to thwart every move of horse-trading in the Senate polls. He added that the ANP was observing prevailing political scenario in the country. It would take every constitutional step in the national interest, he pledged.

He urged the Punjab government to resolve the problems being faced by the ANP workers in Punjab as they had been suffering great ordeal in getting CNICs, police highhandedness and getting their children admitted to schools.

INQUIRY: The-Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has started investigation into the theft of 6 kilogramme fine quality heroin worth Rs30 million from the state warehouse of Sialkot Dry Port Trust.

According to the FIR lodged with Sambrial police station on January 14, 2015 by Syed Khalid Javaid, superintendent customs of SDPT, under sections 380, 457 PPC, the Customs Department had stored 20 packets of heroin weighing 1kg in each packet in the lockers at the state warehouse of SDPT. Unknown accused had stolen six packets of heroin from there during the night between Jan 14 and 15, 2015. The worth of the stolen packets of heroin was Rs30 million in the international markets, the FIR added.

Police had registered a case against two accused customs inspectors and other security staff for their slackness in their duties. FIA teams recorded the statements of security officials of SDPT and customs officials concerned. Sambrial police had no power to investigate the case and referred it to FIA. FIA officials said that all the responsible accused persons would be brought to book.

Rs8.5b dyke projects approved : The Punjab government has approved funds of Rs8.5 billion to save Sialkot, Pasrur, Zafarwal, Qila Ahmedabad, Gujranwala and surrounding areas from flood disaster by constructing two dykes.

Talking to newsmen at Pasrur, a lawmaker said that the Punjab government had approved a plan of establishing five-kilometre protective dyke along Nullah Dek from village Chahoor-Pasrur to Jastiwala at a cost of Rs50 million to save the villages along the banks of Nullah Dek in Sialkot and Narowal districts from the recurring flood threats.

M Afzal added that the project would be completed on emergency basis before the start of coming flood season to save the hundreds of villages from the flood disasters. The work has been started.

He narrated that the Punjab Irrigation Department had also chalked out a project to establish a 200-km protective dyke along Nullah Dek from its origination near Sialkot-Pakistan to the River Ravi. This project will cost Rs6 billion. A proposal for the project has been sent to the Punjab government for final approval.