MULTAN-Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the delimitation of local bodies’ constituencies is being done on the direction of ruling party’s members of assemblies which shows that the results will also be decided.

Talking to the journalists here the other day, he added that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should take notice of these complaints. “If the ECP does not take notice of these complaints, the upcoming local government elections will also be tainted with the allegations of rigging,” he warned.

He suggested to Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to strengthen parliament and take cabinet along as it would help resolve problems being faced by the public. He said that the country was passing through a very critical phase and the government needed to evolve solid policies to resolve problems being faced by Pakistanis. He said that the defeat of PML-N in by-election exhibited that the masses had got disappointed from the performance of PML-N. “We’re supporters of democracy and we want its stability, but the rulers appear to have failed much earlier because of their poor policies,” he added. 

POWER TARIFF HIKED REJECTED: The Multan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) rejected the recent hike in the power tariff and warned that it would ruin trade and business in the country besides crushing the public.

President of MCCI Khawaja Muhammad Usman said in a statement that the recent increase in electricity prices was an outcome of a secret agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He regretted that upward revision in power prices was a cruel joke with the masses and the superior judiciary which jeopardised the future of the country.

He said government’s decision would result in closure of thousands of industries and businesses, leaving millions unemployed, which would trigger brain drain and unleash a new round of rapid exodus of units. He warned that ineligible economic managers of the ruling party were playing with the fate of the country which could result into a civil disobedience movement.  He said the life of common man has been made miserable beyond imagination as the rulers were playing with national security in a bid to appease IMF. He said that the government failed to stop theft of electricity worth Rs 250 billion and massive corruption worth Rs 500 billion in the Federal Board of Revenue. “Instead they put entire of their emphasis on squeezing even last drop of blood from poor citizens’ bodies,” he lamented.