MULTAN - Celebrations started in entire South Punjab region following adoption of a resolution by the National Assembly on creation of South Punjab province as a string of activities took place in different areas on Thursday.

Reports reaching here revealed that the citizens, workers of different political parties and students held functions in Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan divisions to celebrate the announcement.

The students of Bahauddin Zakariya University gathered at the main gate of Bahauddin Zakariya University and raised slogans in favour of President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. They danced to the drum beat and greeted the citizens on what they described as historic success of the residents of South Punjab.

Similarly, the leaders of PPP distributed sweets in different parts of city. Talking to the journalists on this occasion, PPP city president Khurshid Khan, district president Khalid Hanif Lodhi, M Salim Raja and others said that the president and prime minister won the hearts of entire Seraiki nation by getting approved resolution from the assembly.

They added that creation of Seraiki province was imperative of eliminate sense of deprivation from this region. They said that the people wanted freedom from takht-e-Punjab and adoption of this resolution was a key step towards establishment of this province.

Apca seeks salaries commensurate with hike: Office work in almost all government offices came to a grinding halt as the members of the All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) observed a complete strike against price hike and comparatively low wages as well as non-acceptance of their charter of demand here on Thursday.

Holding placards and banners inscribed with their demands, the clerks assembled outside their offices and shouted slogans against the government. They locked up all offices and went on a pen-drop strike. The major demo took place outside DCO office where a large number of clerks gathered and blocked the road.

Addressing the clerks, APCA Multan President Khalid Javed Sanghera and others said that skyrocketing prices of edibles and other daily-use items had crushed the salaried class. “It has become almost impossible for the worker class to make both ends together in their existing salaries,” they added. They said that their families were starved but they could not feed them due to their poverty.

They demanded of the government to announce raise in their salaries commensurate with the price hike. “Otherwise APCA will be forced to give a country-wide strike call,” they warned.