MULTAN - The members of High Court Bar Association Multan (HCBAM) expressed on Friday strong concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, saying the government completely failed to deliver.

The emergency meeting was chaired by the bar President Mahmood Ashraf Khan while all other office-bearers including General Secretary Jaffar Tayyar and a large number of members participated in it.

The participants of the meeting took serious note of killings of innocent citizens in Mansehra and terrorists’ attack on Kamra base, saying that Aiwan-e-Saddr, assemblies, Governor Houses and administrative offices were occupied by terrorists and convicts. They paid glowing tributes to armed forces and said that the members of the armed forces protected national assets by sacrificing their lives. They asked the rulers to resign from their offices as they had failed to discharge their duties.

PRICES CONTINUE TO SOAR: The prices of edibles and daily-use items have registered another 7.30 per cent increase during the last week, affecting the poor section of the society with an average monthly earning of Rs8 to 12 thousand, disclosed a report issued by the Statistics Bureau of Pakistan on Friday.

The report further revealed that the rates of 12 items increased, six decreased and 35 remained stable. The items with increased rates include chicken, sugar, tomato, potato, eggs, garlic, LPG, bee, fresh milk and wheat. Similarly, the prices of banana, red chilly, two different pulses and ghee went down while the rates of 35 other things remained stable.

Centre grants funds for road project: The federal government has approved a grant worth Rs4 billion for Old Shujabad Road widening project and the funds will be released very soon. At least eight kilometre long dual carriageway will be laid between Aziz Hotel and Chowk Nag Shah. Sources disclosed that out of Rs4 billion, an amount of Rs1 billion has been released.   The project was launched under South Punjab Development Package and the funds are made available because of special efforts made by the former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Sources said that the traffic burden on Old Shujabad Road has increased manifolds because of construction of Aimanwala bridge in Jalalpur and keeping in view masses demand, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani announced the project.