SIALKOT - A large number of the perturbed people staged a protest demonstration against the loadshedding and low pressure of gas.

They said that the people in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur and surrounding areas have been suffering great ordeal due to the loadshedding and low pressure of gas. They also staged a demonstration in Sialkot city's congested Allama Iqbal Chowk. They also chanted slogans against local SNGPL officials.

They said that almost all the residential, commercial and industrial areas of Sialkot city including Pakka Garha, Kotli Behram, Model Town, Gohadpur, Muslim Town, Kashmir Road, Pak Pura, Prem Nagar, Nishat Park, Pooran Nagar, Water Works, Green Wood Street, Nehal Chand Street, Dara Aaraaiyaan, Tajpura, Hajipura, Rangpura, Hajipura Ban, Naikapura, Mubarakpura, Muhammadpura, Kashmiri Muhallah, Hamza Ghaus, Shafi Da Bhatta, Imam Sahib, Fatehgarh and Muhallah Bijli Ghar are hit by the worst loadshedding of gas. They said the pressure of gas remained very low when they had gas for about two hours.

On the other hand, the loadshedding of gas for the domestic consumers has irked the consumers especially the females.

When contacted, the SNGPL officials said that the situation would soon become better as the SNGPL was making efforts to overcome the low pressure.

SECURITY PLAN

Police have tightened the security of all the churches in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils under its foolproof security plan.

Deputy Commissioner Dr Farrukh Naveed said that the police had been put on red alert as they were keeping a vigilant eye on the dubious persons. The Christians have decorated and illuminated all the churches to celebrate X-mass with traditional zeal, enthusiasm and religious fervour.

Earlier, Punjab Minister for Local Bodies Punjab Manshaullah Butt reviewed the security arrangements made by the Sialkot police. Ejaz Noori, chairman of Pakistan Council for Social Welfare and Human Rights, while addressing a meeting of the Christian community, said that the minorities had been enjoying complete religious freedom in the country. The present government was making efforts for protecting minorities' rights.

XMAS CELEBRATIONS

Govt College Women University (GCWU) Vice Chancellor Dr Farhat Saleemi said that the minorities have been enjoying complete religious freedom in the country.

Addressing a special ceremony held at GCWU Sialkot in honour of the Christian staff, she added that the minorities were also playing a key role in national political and economical stability, prosperity and peace. She also distributed X-mass gifts to GCWO Christian employees.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Farrukh Naveed stressed a need for motivating the youth towards the positive and health activities by ending the negative and sluggish social attitude.

He was addressing the annual sports gala held at Sialkot Public School/College Sialkot. He said that the sports play a pivotal role in establishing a healthy society. He added that all the deserted sports grounds would be restored in Sialkot district's rural area. He also distributed awards, shields and special prizes  to the winning students.