The winner of NA-149 Multan-II by-election Malik Aamir Dogar, who contested election in independent capacity but won with PTI support, called on his PML-N backed opponent veteran politician Makhdoom Javed Hashmi here at his residence on Tuesday. Hashmi welcomed Dogar at the gate of his residence.

“I have accepted public’s verdict with open heart and I welcome him at my place,” said Hashmi while receiving Dogar at his residence. Hashmi said that he and Aamir Dogar’s father were together in jail and he always regarded Aamir Dogar as his son.

The city got abuzz with rumours after Hashmi-Dogar meeting, but both the politicians termed it a routine encounter. The by-election in NA-149 Multan-II was caused by the resignation of Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, who defected from PTI and resigned from National Assembly. Dogar got 52,321 votes in October 16 by-poll and defeated his major rival Hashmi with a difference of 13,928 votes. Hashmi could get 38,393 votes. Hashmi had accepted his defeat even before announcement of full results and greeted his major opponent Malik Aamir Dogar.

Malik Aamir Dogar said on this occasion that he respected Hashmi from the core of his heart. “His (Hashmi’s) services for democracy are laudable. I’ve come here to pay my regards to him,” he added.

PROTEST AGAINST GAS CUTS: Holding households like spoons, pressure cookers and utensils, over two dozen women and children from Bokhari Colony, Altaf Town and adjoining areas staged a demonstration against Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited here at Nawan Shehr Chowk on Tuesday. The protesters shouted slogans against government and Sui Gas department and demanded immediate resumption of gas supply to their areas. The protesters blocked the chowk as a result of which traffic got jammed. Talking to the journalists, the protesting women said that the gas supply to their area was suspended for last one week and their kids went to school without breakfast. They added that they submitted many complaints but nothing was done by the Sui gas authorities to address the issue.