MULTAN - The Kissan Board Pakistan (KBP) is going to launch a protest drive against shortage of fertilizer, high prices of agricultural inputs and exploitation of farmers after Eid. Weve convened an emergency meeting of district presidents and general secretaries on August 24 in Multan to evolve future line of action on the issue of fertilizer crisis. The motive behind holding this meeting is to finalize the mode of agitation and date for launching protest drive, declared a spokesman of KBP. He claimed that fertilizer crisis delivered loss worth Rs25 billion to the poor farmers during Kharif season. Its just because the provincial governments did not tackle this issue seriously. This crisis could have been contained, had the provincial governments considered it a serious issue, he lamented. He feared that now another massive financial loss was looming on the head in Rabi season as the fertilizer shortage still prevailed in the country. He said that the upcoming meeting would be chaired by secretary general of KBP Malik Ramzan Rohari and president of KBP South Punjab Fayyaz ul Hassan Bhutta. He said that both the federal and provincial governments failed to discharge their national obligations, further adding to the miseries of farming community. The central government failed to supply fertilizer while provincial governments failed to maintain the prices of this commodity, he pointed out. He added that it was farmers who paid the price of governments failure as they were forced to pay much higher price of fertilizer. MSM flays Karachi target killings: The workers of Muttahida Shehri Mahaaz (MSM) staged a protest against target killing in Karachi here at Chowk Kutchry on Friday. Over a dozen protesters gathered at the Chowk under the leadership of Tariq Naem Ullah and shouted slogans against the government. They were also holding placards and banners inscribed with their demands regarding immediate crackdown on the terrorists. Speaking on this occasion, Tariq Naem Ullah and others said that the terrorists killed hundreds of innocent citizens during the last one month but the government did nothing to stop the killing spree. They alleged that MQM, ANP and PPP were responsible for terrorism and the terrorists were not arrested because of their political pressure. They alleged that land grabbers, extortionists and target killers were backed by the above mentioned three parties as a result of which they committed fearless actions in entire Karachi. They said that the interior minister Rehman Malik failed to maintain law and order in the country and therefore he should resign from his office. They further demanded immediate launching of army operation in Karachi for maintaining peace.