OUR STAFF REPORTER BAHAWALNAGAR - Cotton Ginners Association, Bahawalnagar, announced on Monday to stop the purchase of cotton till the withdrawal of 3.5 percent agriculture tax. Talking to the media, Association Vice-President Haji Abdul Rehman said that imposition of the agriculture tax was intolerable for the cotton traders, thus they have decided to stop purchase of cotton immediate. The boycott will continue till the withdrawal of the tax, the added. The announcement will be supported by all the cotton traders of the district, he said. On the other side, the cotton growers are facing manifold hardships to sell their commodity even in the beginning stage of cotton season. PROTEST: The employees staged protest and observed strike against what they called the misbehaviours of the chief commissioner and the commissioner income tax, Bahawalpur, towards the employees and their transfers. The strike entered the second day today. Union Central President Mian Abdul Qayyum visited Bahawalnagar and told the media men that they have started protesting against the officiers attitude towards the employees. Our union is approved from by the government of Pakistan he said and added that the protest would continue till the transfer the officers. Potable water demanded: The citizens of Madina Town and its suburban areas protested against being supplied with polluted water. The denizens staged protest against allegedly pathetic attitude of the TMA Bahawalnagar. The protesters also staged a sit-in at Chishtian Road and blocked the traffic. Carrying placards inscribed with their demands the protesters also set old tyres on fire. The demonstrators told the media that diarrhea and other stomach diseases were spreading because of polluted water. They held TMA responsible for the situation.