SADIQABAD - Hike in prices of petroleum products by the government threatens huge loss to the national economy, said local Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ch Adil Javed Warraich.

Talking to media, he said that the hike in POL prices had adversely affected the business of the transporters. "Besides, increase in POL prices not only affects the transportation industry but it also causes increase in prices of daily-use commodities," he pointed out. He alleged that the government intended economic murder of the transporters. He urged the government to withdraw from its decision of increase in prices of petroleum products.

KASHMIR ISSUE

Local traders said that solution to Kashmir issue was necessary to bring about peace in the region.

Talking to media, Anjuman-e-Tajran president Khalid Saleem Ch and Karyana Association general secretary Haji Khalid Mehmood said that the United Nations should have played its due role in this regard. "Indifference of the world powers to the burning issue can trigger any untoward situation between two atomic powers," they expressed concerns. They condemned the ongoing brutalities being committed by the Indian forces against innocent people of the held valley.

They termed Kashmir jugular vein of Pakistan, saying Pak-India dialogue was crucial to ensure long-lasting peace in the region.

On the other hand, local Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leaders said that the sacrifices being rendered by Kashmiri people for the freedom of their motherland would not go in vain.

During a meeting, JUI-F tehsil amir Qari Shahid Mehmood Rahimi, general secretary Hafiz Saeed Mustafa, city amir Maulana Abdullah Rabbani and others urged the international community, especially the Muslim world to play its role to stop India from oppressing people of the held valley.

They said that Pakistan would continue its diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiri brethren, adding that freedom would be destiny of Kashmir movement. They urged the UN to ensure implementation of its resolution describing plebiscite in Kashmir.

RECONCILIATION

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) South Punjab president Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood and MPA Sardar Raees Ibrahim Khalil were reconciled with each other. Former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani played a key role in reconciliation between the two PPP stalwarts.

The PPP office-bearers, workers and supporters expressed gratitude to the former premier for his efforts to reconcile two party leaders. "It would not only strengthen the party network but would also help avoid splits in the party," they pointed out.