KHANEWAL

The infighting among the ruling party lawmakers and their tendency for gaining maximum political mileage has been aggravating the problems being faced by the public. This situation has created an administrative vacuum wherein people are finding it hard to get their problems resolved. According to people from different walks of life, the Interior Ministry hired a building on rent for the establishment of Passport office in Khanewal. Date for the inauguration of the office was announced where MNA Raza Hayat Hiraj was invited as chief guest. However, at the last moment MNA from Khanewal city Muhammad Khan objected to making Raza Hayat Hiraj as chief guest at the ceremony as he belongs to Kabirwala. The public said that the local MNA feel it as his insult and created hurdles in the inauguration of the office. On the other hand, Raza Hayat Hiraj is of the view that passport office in Khanewal is approved due to his efforts, so he has a right to perform its inauguration.

This tug-of-war between the ruling MPs is causing great loss as the government has been paying rent of the building from last three months while the passport office staff is also ‘sitting idle.’ Similarly in Tehsil Jahanian, almost all the administrative posts are lying vacant due to ‘the clash’ between the sitting MNA Iftikhar Nazeer and MPA Karam Dad Wahla. The posts of DSP, AC, and Tehsildar have been lying vacant due to the tug-of-war between the MNA and MPA. People of the area are facing problems. Though Khanewal AC Abid Hussain Bhatti has given additional charge of the AC Jahanian, he virtually spares little time to look after the affairs of people of Jahanian. People of the district have appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of the worst situation. They demanded the chief minister to order posting against all vacant posts in the district to resolve the public problems. They also demanded the lawmakers not to be the cause of the public problems “if cannot serve the masses who had voted them to power.”

Hindu celebrate Holi: The Hindu Community on Wednesday celebrated Holi Festival with religious fervour and enthusiasm across Sialkot district.

The day was dawn with their worship in temples. The Hindus prayed for the solemnity, unity, peace and integrity of Pakistan. The Hindus also exchanged gifts and distributed sweets to each other in the district. Sialkot District Police Officer Dr Abid Khan said that foolproof security arrangements were made in and around the Hindu temples to avert any untoward incident.