Our Staff Reporter MULTAN - Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday that the revival of national economy was subject to restoration of peace in Karachi. Until and unless peace is restored in Karachi, national economy will not revive, he asserted while addressing the participants of a function held to distribute cheques among deserving citizens in Seetal Mari area. He said that the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi and Quetta had become an issue of serious unrest for the masses and parliamentarians. He said that the parliamentarians from both treasury and opposition benches expressed their unrest on this issue in recent assembly session. He was of the opinion that all parties would have to form a joint line of action to maintain law and order in Karachi and Quetta otherwise the situation would go out of control. He said that it was not just price hike that shook the masses but poverty and unemployment also registered horrible increase during last three years. He said that the foreign investor lost its interest in Pakistan because of poor law and order situation as a result of which job opportunities shrank considerably. He said that the country badly needed revival of economy as it would create new jobs and the society would prosper. He declared on this occasion that the financial assistance being given to 20 thousand persons in his constituency under Banazir Income Support Programme would gradually be increased. Later on, Shah Mahmood distributed cheques among deserving citizens. Member of Punjab Assembly Dr. Akhtar Malik was also present on this occasion. MSM STAGE PROTEST: The activists of Muttahida Shehri Mahaaz and Rickshaw Union Multan staged a joint protest against recent increase in CNG and LPG prices here at T-Chowk Shah Rukan-e-Alam Thursday. Dozens of protesters assembled at the Chowk under the leadership of Tariq Naem Ullah Khan and shouted slogans against government. They were also holding placards and banners inscribed with their demands regarding immediate withdrawal of the decision. Speaking on this occasion, Tariq Naem Ullah and others said that the rulers were concurrently increasing prices of gas and petroleum on advise of IMF and World Bank. They said that the recent increase would bring a storm of price hike with it, further adding to the hardships of citizens. They said that the rules made heavy fortunes in terms of kickbacks through rental power project but the nation was still faced with loadshedding. They said that the government accepted all demands of IMF and World Bank as a result of which the lives of poor citizens became more miserable. They said that the masses took the rulers to the parliament through their vote but in return they received price hike and loadshedding bombs from the government.