Discussions and seminars were held on the Fall of Dhaka when East Pakistan separated from West Pakistan and became Bangladesh on December 16, 1971.

Political and religious parties held discussions and seminars on the tragedy. Mutahidda Shehri Mahaz staged a demonstration at Chungi No9 against India and burnt the Indian flag. The demo was led by the MSM president. Malik Javaid said that Pakistan lost the territory as a result of an international conspiracy of India that was supported by Russia to implement the insidious plan to disintegrate Pakistan.

The speakers urged the UN to protect the lives and properties of Biharis and other pro-Pakistan people who were being victimised and harassed by the Bangladesh government. They also condemned the trial of JI leaders and their execution.

Lawyers here boycotted the court proceedings on the day when East Pakistan was separated from West Pakistan. They also demanded action against the establishment of petrol and CNG filling stations in Sialkot city’s residential areas.

On the occasion, DBA President Shahid Mir said the Environment Act 2005 clearly defines that petrol and CNG stations should be installed at commercial areas, not amidst residences.

According to Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry Senior Vice President Alamgir, the SCCI has already kicked off a campaign against the establishment of petrol and CNG stations in residential areas.

On the other hand, SCCI demanded immediate closure of all the petrol, CNG stations established in the congested residential areas. The SCCI SVP expressed grave concern over the burning of several surrounding houses during an inferno at a filling station located in Sialkot city’s thickly populated Model Town locality during the night between Saturday and Sunday.

The whole of the filling station was reduced to ashes. It also showed great danger for the residents of Model Town Society while no loss of life was reported.

It was learnt that 35 petrol pumps and CNG stations were functioning illegally in almost all the congested residential and thickly populated areas in Sialkot city, posing serious dangers and life threats to the local people.