OUR STAFF REPORTER JHANG - The representatives of various religious, trade and political organisations of Daska have rejected raise in power and gas tariff and 'oppressive taxes levied on the poverty-hit people and demanded their immediate withdrawal or be prepared for protest sit-ins and rallies. They opposed 13.5 percent recent increase in gas prices, raise in power tariff and petroleum products and 16 percent sales tax on brick and 3 percent withholding tax on cotton ginning factories. Over two dozen organisations including Anjuman-e-Tajran, Jhang Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Tanzeem-Islami, Jamaat Islami, Kisan Board and Anjuman-Tahaffaz-Haqooq-i-Shaharian held a meeting here under the chairmanship of Maqsood Ahmad, the president of JCCI. The representatives demanded that the government should withdraw all these taxes and tariffs to give relief to masses. Haji Mohammad Ali, the president of Anjuman Tajran, Mukhtar Hussain Farooqi of Tanzeem- Islami, Muhammad Arif, the president of Government Contractors Associations, Bahadar Khan Jhakhar, the district president of Jamaat-e-Islami and other speakers said that the PPP government was violating its own manifesto and instead of giving, it was depriving the poor of Rooti, Kapra aur Makan. They said that this unwise and unjustified increase would badly disturb not only already sick industrial units but also common people who are already hit hard hit by worst ever gas and power loadshedding. They warned that indefinite strikes, sit ins and protest rallies would be taken out in case the government has failed in withdrawing all these taxes and tariffs.