OUR STAFF REPORTER MULTAN The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) has issued orders for disconnection of power supply to defaulter government departments as the default amount stands at Rs 1.38 billion. Mepco sources said that the company was facing serious financial crisis because of non-payment of bills by the government department. The defaulter departments include TMA with Rs 942 million default, WASA Rs 202 million, Rangers Rs 27 million, Sttion Headquarters Okara 14 Div Rs 12 million, MES Rs 75 million, Jails Department Rs. 9 million, Railway Rs. 27 million, Police Rs. 14 million, Irrigation Rs. 4 million, Public Health Rs. 16 million and others Rs. 33 million. Mepco sources said that multiple notices were issued to the defaulter departments for the payment of their dues but none of them paid any thing. Therefore, were going to start disconnection drive. Lawyers flayed for 'bashing cops: The activists of Muttahida Shehri Mahaaz (MSM) staged a protest against lawyers for torturing policemen in Lahore here on Thursday. Over a dozen protesters assembled at Chungi No-9 under the leadership of MSM chief Tariq Naem Ullah and shouted slogans against lawyers. They were also holding placards and banners. Speaking on this occasion, Tariq Naem Ullah and others said that some black sheep wearing black coats distorted the image of legal fraternity through their unlawful acts. They demanded of the bar councils to take notice of behaviour of lawyers and expel such elements from their ranks who were involved in aggression against judiciary, police and journalists. They also demanded immediate action against those who thrashed police officials in Lahore. RS272M MULTAN PROJECTS: The Punjab government is going to introduce a special package for offering basic needs of life to the residents of Multan as different development projects worth Rs272 million are being launched in different areas of the district, disclosed Amir Saeed Ansari, chairperson of district coordination committee. Chairing a meeting, he disclosed that projects like installation of water filtration plants, construction of new roads, provision of missing facilities at schools and upgradation of schools would be executed under this package. He asked all parliamentarians to submit their schemes within two days so that the concerned departments could make estimations till July 25. Speaking on this occasion, the EDO Finance Javed Iqbal told the meeting that some other projects worth Rs64 million were also being launched under Punjab Development Programme. He said that the district coordination committee would approve the schemes of TMAs and 50 percent of total grant would be spent on rural areas of Multan.