Minister of State for Trade and Privatisation Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan said that the government would not give in to any pressure and Pak-Iran Gas Project would be completed till the next year.

The government departments which are not fulfilling the requirements would be privatised soon. Addressing the office-bearers and members of Gujranwala Press Club, he further said that privatisation policy started by the present government was completely in the national interest.

He said that no worker would be jobless after privatisation of any department. He said that demands of journalists regarding Press Club and Journalists Colony would be met sincerely and a meeting of journalists with CM Punjab would be arranged soon. It is noticeable that after a long period of 42 years, a joint press club body has been established.

Gujranwala Press Club President Hafiz Shahid Munir, Secretary General Shafqat Imran, Muhammad Azam, Farhan Rashid Mir, Muhammad Akram Malik, Kashif Sabir Khan, Tanvir Ahmed Butt, Umer Naseer, Shabbir Hussain Mughal, Muhammad Shafiq, Iqbal Mirza, Ehtisham Shami, Tariq Munir, Haiz Khalilur Rehman and others were also present.

EX-MPA BOOKED: Gujranwala police registered a case against a former MPA interfering police affairs.

SHO Ladeywala police Imran Naseem said that the police had arrested two drunk Naseem Gujar and Tariq while former PML-N MPA Mazher Javed made a phone call and asked him to release the arrested persons immediately. When he refused to do so, Mian Tariq threatened him with dire consequences. On the complaint, a case has been registered against the fromer MPA.

PLEDGE TO FACILITATE FARMERS: PML-N lawmaker Junaid Anwaar has assured the farmers that his government would take solid steps to address their grievances.

Addressing a gathering in Chak 330-JB on Monday, he claimed that decreased power tariff for tube wells was part of such steps. He added that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was committed to promoting agriculture sector and simultaneously the uplift of the growers through various facilities.

ALLEGATIONS: Former MNA Riaz Fatyana said the new delimitation of the union councils and wards of Kamalia were being made on the direction of PML-N parliamentarians or its office bearers. He told newsmen at Kamalia that under Local Government law it was the independent power of the civil bureaucracy but here in his tehsel, officials concerned have surrendered themselves before the ruling party and were preparing the proposals of new delimitation for upcoming Local Bodies elections. He demanded to hold local council election on party basis.

When contacted, Kamalia Assistant Commissioner Syeda Ramla Ali denied the allegations and said new delimitation was an impartial activity and being carried out as government’s rules and set criteria.