PESHAWAR - To protest the recent increase in prices of petroleum products, All Pakistan Goods Transport and Adda Owners Federation Friday announced to hold a countrywide wheel jam strike on April 10 (Tuesday) for indefinite time.

Addressing a news conference here at press club, Chairman All Pakistan Goods Transport and Adda Owners Federation Haji Noor Muhammad Khan said that the time and again increase in petroleum products have exceeded beyond their endurance. He added that to hide their incompetence the incumbent rulers made increase in petroleum products on monthly basis, which is condemnable. 

Flanked by President All Pakistan Truck Owners’ Association Haji Malik Khwaja Mohammad Mohmand and other transporters and traders, Haji Noor said that the government instead of to reduce their luxuries put extra burden upon the already deprived masses.

 The rulers have snatched the right of living from the already deprived masses, he maintained added turned stranger the lives of the poor segment of society with their non-sense policies.  The Federation chairman further said that the increase in petroleum products directly affect prices of all commodity items, due to which the already deprived and frustrated people were compelled on hungers. He vowed that the transport community would not tolerate this injustice and cruelties of the incumbent rulers any more, and would resist.

Malik Khwaja informed that according to the decision of the Supreme Council Action Committee to mobilize public, transporters community, goods community, and local transporters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a massive protest for indefinite time period against hike in petroleum products prices, would be held on Tuesday. He was also quite optimistic about the full participation of transporters unions, merchant’s communities, civil society’s organizations and traders’ organizations.

They also criticised the government for establishing illegal tool plazas at main roads to benefit certain blue-eyed at the cost of looting transporters.

Meanwhile, the University of Peshawar, Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Qibla Ayaz on Friday inaugurated a new computer lab at the Department of Botany.  The lab comprises 15 latest computers with internet facility and an instructor, who will guide students about finding relevant data for their research studies. Addressing the students on the inaugural ceremony, the acting VC advised the students to ensure positive use of computers and take guidance from their teachers and instructors for its efficient utilisation.

He added that the lab would help a great deal in assisting the students in compiling data entry for their research papers and thesis.

Chairman Department of Botany Prof Dr Muhammad Ibrar said that his department is one of the leading among University of Peshawar in contributing research papers in impact factor research journals. He added that good number of students are enrolled in the research degree program at the department. The ceremony was attended by Registrar University of Peshawar Dr. Syed Fazli Hadi, faculty members and students of the department.