During the prime minister’s visit to Bahawalpur on Thursday, the local mediamen were allegedly sidelined by the administration and other officials concerned.

The local journalists have demanded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should take a notice of the “discriminatory attitude” of the administration towards the local journalists of English newspapers and some leading Urdu dailies.

Meanwhile, a PPP Bahawalpur leader severely criticised the prime minister’s address the latter made here no Thursday in connection with the Youth Business Loan Scheme, and said that the scheme was another way to hoodwink the nation.

Saleem Bhatti, the PPP district information secretary, said that it would “spoil the youth as the previous such schemes launched by the PML-N leadership had proved to be flopped and destroyed the national exchequer and public confidence”.

Talking to the media after the visit of the prime minister, he said that the scheme had no validity and could not prove to be productive. He remarked that there was no incentive for the youth of the Cholistan and Bahawalpur and this was only fake claims by the PML-N leadership of South Punjab.

He said that the PML-N would surely face the wrath of public in the forthcoming local government elections because of price-hike, lawlessness, increasing rate of unemployment, energy crisis and flawed policies which had what he said exposed the tall claims of the ruling party.