HAFIZABAD - Former federal minister Liaqat Abbas, former Punjab minister Shaukat Ali and former Chairman of Health Steering Committee Punjab Dr Muzaffar Ali Sheikh have called upon the Election Commission of Pakistan to transfer all the bureaucrats in the district to ensure fair and free election.

Liaqat Abbas, Shaukat Ali and Dr Muzaffar are candidates for NA-103, NA-102 and PP-105 respectively. They alleged that that former PML-N MNAs and MPAs had got their blue-eyed persons appointed in the district so they should be transferred immediately.

PAPERS ACCEPTED: The nomination papers Saira Afzal Tarar, her father Afzal Hussain Tarar and Shoukat Ali Bhatti for NA-102 were accepted by the returning officer of Hafizabad. Similarly, the nomination papers of former federal minister Liaqat Abbas Bhatti (independent candidate) and his rival Shahid Hussain Bhatti (PML-N) for NA-103 which were accepted.

PML-N MEETING: PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif will address a public meeting in Hafizabad Stadium on April 13. The PML-N workers have started preparation to give him a rousing welcome.

STAND DECLARED ILLEGAL: Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Secretary Faryal Naeem has cancelled the licence of wagon stand established by Rai Fayyaz Ahmad Kharal on the land of Late Rai Muhammad Shafi Kharal.

The dependants of Rai Shafi had complained to the authorities that Rai Fayyaz had illegally occupied their property.

After proper inquiry, the RTA Secretary cancelled the licence and handover the property to the owners.

20 INJURED IN ROOF COLLAPSE: As many as 20 women were injured, eight of them seriously when the roof of a house on which they were standing to welcome a marriage party, collapsed and buried them under the debris.

However, Rescue-1122 pulled them out of the debris and removed them to DHQ Hospital where 12 of them discharged after first-aid while eight were admitted in the DHQ Hospital Hafizabad in critical condition. They are Kousar, Shagufta, Samra, Noor, Sakina, Uzma, Azmat etc.

According to rescue source, a marriage party was arriving in the house of Aslam Riaz in Channi Karim Dad and the family members of the bride were standing on the roof to welcome the marriage party when all of sudden the roof caved in burying all of them under the debris resultantly twenty women were injured, eight of them seriously.