MULTAN

The man, who committed self-immolation against demolition of his house by police, succumbed to his injuries in Nishtar Hospital Tuesday morning.

The deceased Muhammad Shahbaz, a resident of Basti Langrial, is survived by a widow and two small kids. He was laid to rest in a local cemetery. The deceased had burnt himself outside Multan Press Club on Monday and he was rushed to Nishtar Hospital in a very critical condition.

Shahbaz had a land dispute with Ode biradri and the SHO Multan Saddr Police allegedly tortured him in police station on October 12 on the same issue. Taking notice of Shahbaz's suicide, the CPO suspended SHO Saddr Police Jahangir Mitru and Sub-Inspector Zamir Hussain. He also constituted an inquiry committee to investigate into the incident, gather details of ownership of disputed property from revenue office and submit a detailed report.

The father of the deceased Faujdar said that his son committed suicide against illegal demolition of his house by police, patwari and Ode biradri. He warned that if the persons, who forced his son to commit suicide, were not arrested forthwith, he would also commit suicide outside CPO office.

Work intensifies on MMB: The pace of work on Multan Metro Bus Project has further been increased as the drawings for the designs of metro stations have been finalized, disclosed metro sources.

The stations will totally be different from the metro stations in Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad and sources claimed that the roofs of the stations would be leak proof. Similarly, a latest cooling system is being installed at the stations to keep the environment of bus bay pleasant. Sources said that the scrutiny to select firm for the construction of stations was underway and the expertise, capacity of past projects of companies were being reviewed for the selection purpose.

Sources further disclosed that out of 2460 piles, as many as 2043 had so far been constructed and 233 piles were ready for the installation of girders. Sources added that a total of 1852 girders were needed for the project out of which 1168 had so far been prepared.

The on ground track of the project will be 6023 metres long and work on 5223 metres is underway to lay a new state of the art track for metro bus. Sources revealed that 3140 metre ground track was at sub grade stage and 2720 sub base. "After the sub base phase, the asphalt phase will begin," sources added.