Jamaat-e-Islami Punjab Ameer Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar has demanded the government to adopt emergency measures to bring those Pakistanis back to the country who are imprisoned abroad.

Talking to the journalists here on Tuesday, he added that currently over 8,000 Pakistanis were in jails of different countries while over 62,000 crossed Pak-Iran border illegally between 2009 and 2013. He pointed out that poor local conditions, unemployment, poverty and lawlessness played as major elements forcing youth to go abroad. He added that the youth fell prey to human smugglers in their desire to go abroad, who smuggled them to Eastern Europe via Quetta, Iran, Turkey and Central Asian states. He regretted that hundreds of youngsters lost their lives in containers and vessels operated by human smugglers but nothing was done to stop this crime.

Referring to casualties of over 400 citizens in Karachi due to heat wave, he said that worst-ever loadshedding in the history of the country unveiled the reality of government’s tall claims. He maintained that the citizens faced horrible loadshedding besides scorching heat in Ramazan. He said that the rulers had no point to stay in government, if they failed to offer relief to the government. He demanded the government to refrain from invoking the wrath of Allah Almighty and end loadshedding forthwith.

44PC PILES ON METRO BUS ROUTE COMPLETED: Chief Engineer Multan Metro Bus Project Sabir Khan Saddozai has said that 44 percent of total piles on Metro route have been accomplished and 104 capped.

Addressing a meeting held here at his office on Tuesday to review the pace of work, he added that out of 2000 piles, over 880 had been accomplished and work was underway to achieve the target. He added that the construction of 27 pillars for flyovers was also in final stage while the preparations of 1,100 girders were also underway at the camp offices. He said that each girder weighed 105 tonnes.

The Chief Engineer further disclosed that work on elevated and ground tracks was also underway as base and sub-base was being prepared on 3,500 metre long road. He said that 42 escalators would be installed at different stations of the bus and this service would give Multan a new identity. He said that the project could be completed even before time if the traders of Hafiz Jamal Road cooperated with the administration.