LAHORE A 50-year-old farmer attempted suicide by swallowing poisonous pills in Okara district on Saturday morning, as he was running from pillar to post to get his outstanding dues of Rs 1.3 million cleared from Abdullah Sugar Mills for the last several months. The victim identified as Noshair Ali, resident of district Okara, got dejected after the management of Abdullah Sugar Mills refused to pay him the amount on the pretext of low prices of sugar in the local market. The father of four daughters, Noshair Ali, confined himself in a room, took poisonous pills and fell unconscious. He was rushed to a nearby hospital in Renala Khurd, where his condition was reported to be critical till filing of this report. Haji Allah Rakha, brother of the victim, told The Nation the management of Abdullah Sugar Mills was unwilling to pay Rs 1.3 million to his brother as they were running from pillar to post get the payment of sugarcane despite the lapse of several months. He said they had visited the mills several times but the security guards did not allow them to enter inside the mills premises. He said they had also visited the Chief Ministers Complaint Cell last month to register their protest but to no avail. The victim was facing financial constraints as the marriage date of his elder daughter was approaching nearer, Allah Rakha added. When contacted, Malik Azhar Cane Advisor of Abdullah Sugar Mills said the mills management have to pay the outstanding dues of Rs 14 crore to growers. We cannot pay the arrears to the growers until and unless the sugar stocks are sold. We dont have the cash to pay, he said. He said the GM Finance Brig (r) Muhammad Akram should be contacted for further details. When contacted, Brig (r) Muhammad Akram said the grower should have approached the top management rather than attempting suicide. Later, he refused to comment on the issue. It is worth mentioning here the sugar mills owners have stopped payment of outstanding dues of Rs 35 billions to the growers on the pretext of low profit and decline in sugar prices. The farmers in Punjab have become rolling stone as far as the payments of their outstanding dues are concerned. Meanwhile, the growers have appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take the notice of highhandedness of the sugar millers and provide justice to the innocent farmers.