MULTAN

All sections of the society including political parties, NGOs and religious organisations strongly condemned the killings of Agha Khanis in Karachi and demanded the government should immediately capture and punish the culprits.

Dubbing the incident as massacre of innocent people, the business community of South Punjab, religious organisations and local Agha Khani community demanded that the government should give security to the peace-loving people.

Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) President Mian Iqbal Hassan strongly condemned the firing incident and condoled with the victims soon after the deadly attack on the bus. He said, "I am shocked to listen this sad news and an eye opener for security agencies who had claimed to control the situation in Karachi."

Mian Iqbal Hassan sympathised with the bereaved families and urged for stern action against the terrorists. He stressed a need for breaking the stronghold of terrorist groups. He added that the incident raises questions over the provincial government's performance pertaining to peace in the province. The government must provide complete medical facilities to the injured and take strict action against those responsible for this attack, he said.

FUNDS: The district administration has finally received funds worth Rs427 million from the federal government for land acquisition for Old Shujabad Road. The administration said that the owners of the land acquired for the project would be given cheques within three days. The district administration made special efforts to get funds from the federal government. It declared that the shrines and mosques would be paid on priority basis. It disclosed that the NHA would accomplish Old Shujabad Road extension project within ongoing financial year while the carpeting of both sides of the road would also begin soon. It directed the WASA officials to make the sewerage line functional on priority basis and install latest disposal system.

WATER PLANTS: The government has installed water filtration plants and electric water chillers in 11 jails of Multan region for supplying potable chilled water to the inmates, disclosed Malik Muhammad Shaukat Feroze, DIG Prisons Multan region. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, the DIG added that efforts were being made on order of Punjab government to remove all problems being faced by the prisoners. He said that earlier the prisoners had fallen prey to different water-borne diseases but the installation of filtration plants and chillers would prevent them. He said that a water chiller had also been installed at waiting area.