BUREWALA

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that farmers are the backbone of the national economy, and his party would facilitate them after winning the Local Government elections.

The PTI will give free electricity to the farmers and subsidise seeds, fertilisers and agricultural machinery after coming to power, he said while talking to party leaders and workers at the residence of former minister and PTI leader Nawab Ishaq Khan Khakwani here on Saturday.

The PTI chairman said that his party had devised a comprehensive plan to take part in the local bodies’ elections and it would emerge as victorious in these elections. He said that PTI believed in the politics of the masses. He said that the national youth wanted a big change and his p arty had become symbol of change in the national politics.

Former Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar, PTI leaders Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jahangir Khan Tareen, Malik Farooq Azam, Umar Cheema, former Vehari district nazim Khan Mumtaz Khan, Noor Muhammad Khan, Qurban Ali and Aftab Khan were present. ARRESTS: The Counter Terrorism Department have arrested three seminary clerics for holding objectionable literature recovered during a raid on their institutions here Saturday.

The CTD police and intelligence agencies launched an operation against seminaries and verified finger prints and data of teachers and students and seized the literature. Under the National Action Plan, it raided famous religious institutions of the city including Jamia Al-Farooq, Housing Scheme, Jamia Hanafia, I-Block, Islamic University Chak 259/EB, Imam Bargah Hussainia at H-block Burewala to search for suspicious people and seized books and literature of their libraries. The CTD police booked three clerics including Qari Abdul Razzaq of Jamia Al-Farooq, Qari Muhammad Tayyab of Jamia Hanfia and Qari Zahoor Ahmad of Islamic University and arrested them and sent behind bars.

Minister flays PTI ‘follies’

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State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad has said that the PTI leadership should learn a lesson from the past “follies” it committed especially during anti-PML-N protests and sit-in in Islamabad.

He said that its follies and flawed policies inflicted great damage to the country. “At last, the efforts of political parties became fruitful and the PTI members were coming to the National Assembly on Monday. It is a good omen for the country,” he said while talking to newsmen at his residence here.

Aftab said if the PTI was sincere it should join hands with the government and work for the development and prosperity of the country. He said decisions were taken on the floor of the parliament and not in the streets in democratic countries. He said PTI wasted one year in the streets which was a great mistake. State Minister said Pakistan was facing different challenges and it is high time to work together by setting aside their vested interests.

Pakistan is faced with external and internal enemies and to defeat them the whole nation should be on the same page, he stressed.