ISLAMABAD - Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah yesterday asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to address farmers’ problems.

In a letter to the premier, Shah pressed him to resolve the problems and difficulties faced by the farmers in the light of the statement of All Party Kissan Conference held in Islamabad on February 24, 2016.

The conference demanded of the government to take measures on emergency footing for the rehabilitation of agriculture, abolishing duty on import of agriculture products, providing tax relief and implementing other reforms.

“You might be aware of the fact that Pakistan Kissan Ittehad arranged an All Pakistan Conference on Agriculture Disaster, at Islamabad on 24th February 2016. Problems faced by the Kissan community in Pakistan were discussed in detail. They have prepared a proposal for betterment of the agricultural community. Their charter of demands has been endorsed by the undersigned, Federal Minister for Food Security and Research on behalf of Federal Government, Provincial Agriculture Minister Punjab and Heads of other political parties. The Charter of Demands is enclosed,” reads the letter.

Until now, the opposition leader has written more than three dozen letters to the prime minister and Sharif has only responded to four.

His previous letters referred to the construction of Sukkur Barrage, census, issuance of official passports to the lawmakers, regularisation of contractual employees, waiving interest on the debts of House Building Finance Corporation, gas supply to Pakistan Steel Mills, financial assistance for liver transplant of Deedar Hussain, residential colony for minorities in Bhara Koh, installation of a treatment plant in Dadu and other issues.