HAFIZABAD-Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali Friday lashed out at Imran Khan and accused him of creating anarchy and chaos by telling lies during the past two years, declaring that the PTI chairman can no more hoodwink the masses.

He was talking to media persons here at the residence of Kashif Randhawa, a provincial leader of PML-N Youth Wing at Tulip city here on Friday. Abid Sher Ali alleged that Imran Khan is "the son of a thief who had been dismissed from service in a theft case." Imran Khan has promoted vulgarity and he would never succeed in his mission to grab power through back doors," the state minister claimed. He alleged that due to the PTI chairman's anti-democratic policies, the wheel of progress and stability in the country has badly been affected.

Referring to Hudabia Papers case decision, he said that this is moral victory of Sharif brothers. He declared that due to pro-people policies of the present government, the PML-N would sweep the forthcoming general elections in 2018. Replying to a question, he said that the present government would complete its tenure and general elections would be held on time. Referring to another question, Abid Sher Ali expressed his hope that delimitation bill would be approved by the Senate on December 19.

Household goods worth millions gutted

Household articles worth millions of rupees were reduced to ashes after a fire, erupted due to short circuit, engulfed more than a dozen houses in Dr Bhatti street here the other day.

According to victims of the fire incident, a defective transformer on Post Office Road was replaced by a low-power transformer. They said due to frequent power tripping, fire broke out and engulfed several houses in no time. It gutted refrigerators, TVs, computers and other household articles worth millions of rupees. As the houses located in narrow streets, the fire brigade failed to put off fire and the inhabitants had to extinguish the fire on self-help basis with the hectic struggle of about two hours.

Later, the victims staged a protest demonstration on Post Office Road. They set tyres on fire and blocked the road for any kind of traffic. They also raised slogans against the Gepco for its criminal negligence.

Police cleared the blockade and registered cases against ten protesters - victims of the fire incident. They included Sheikh Shahid, Hameed Ahmed, Sheikh Naeem and others. They were later granted bail by court.