MULTAN-The PTI fully supports the farming community demands and will join them in their protest camp in Lahore on Monday (tomorrow), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf central leader Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi declared on Saturday.

Addressing a public gathering at joining of Mian Nazar Arrain and his supporters, he added that he would raise voice for the farmers at all platforms. He said that the farmers were denied their rights and they were forced to sit under open sky along with their wheat crop in this scorching heat. “They are not given gunny bags and instead pushed out of wheat procurement centres,” he alleged. He said that the farming community was already distressed due to poor cotton crop as the farmers faced over Rs125 billion losses as a result of which cotton sowing did not begin so far.

He said that whenever PML-N came into power, the financial condition of the farming community gets deteriorated. He maintained that the rulers had multiplied the number of their industries but the backbone of the farmers had got crushed. He said that all sectors of the country were on decline. He said that all sections of the society including farmers were tired of the current regime and therefore they wanted change.

He demanded the government to take immediate steps to bring the prices of agricultural inputs down, abolish seven per cent GST from inputs and prevent agriculture sector from complete destruction. “Otherwise the farmers will be forced to take to the roads,” he warned.

EATERIES FINED FOR INSANITATION: The district task force for food carried out a surprise operation in the town and sealed over 15 hotels, bakeries and restaurants for poor cleanliness conditions.

The sealed food outlets included Qureshi Tikka Shop, Al-Khair Sweets, Kabana Restaurant, LFC and Al-Sana Restaurant in Gulshan Market area, Allah Wasaya Drink Corner and Rewari Sweets in Hussain Agahi area, Italian Pizza Gol Bagh, Qasoor Sweets and Shahjahan Grill in Gulgasht area.

District Officer Coordination (DOC) Zahid Ikram said that the hotels were sealed due to poor sanitation conditions in their kitchens and expired food stuff.

He said that initially the hotels and other outlets were sealed and fine was imposed with a warning for improving the sanitation conditions in 24 hours. “If they fail to comply with the orders, cases will be registered against the owners,” he warned. He said that no one would be allowed to play with the lives and health of citizens.