Multan

The Kissan Raaj Tehreek (KRT) would contest the next general election as a political party, declared its Chairman Arsalan Khan Khakwani.

Talking to the media on Monday, Mr Khakwani, who is also vice president of Kissan Board Pakistan (KBP), added that a Kissan Raaj Council would be set up for this purpose and the members of the KRT would go village to village to spread the word after third phase of local government elections. He said that the interests of the farmers could not be protected until their representatives are not sitting in the house.

He demanded the government to set up a fund worth Rs100 billion to support farmers and extend Rs50,000 per acre support to them instead of Rs5,000 charity. He said that government's Kissan Relief Package is in fact industrialist relief package which turned the farmers into baggers.

He declared that the final round of Kissan Raaj Tehreek would be launched on the day of local government elections on December 5. He lashed out at the government and claimed that the Kissan Package was announced by Nawaz Sharif to pave way for coming into power again in 2018. He asked the government to announce support price of all crops forthwith.

He pointed out that the sugar mills has not started crushing so far. "The crushing should have started on November 1. If any mill does not start crushing, the DCO is bound to impose Rs500,000 fine on a daily basis. But no one has taken notice of delay in crushing," he lamented.

Other office bearers of KBP including secretary general Malik Ramzan Rohari, Fayyazul Hassan Bhutta, Kanwar Siddique and Zubair Minhaj were also present on the occasion.

IMRAN ORDERS ACTION

Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has directed the district heads of the party to take action against such party office bearers and workers, who are seeking vote in the name of PTI on electoral signs other than Bat.

PTI sources said that the party Chairman Imran Khan had issued a special directive to the district organizers of PTI, asking them to locate those candidates who used party's name for their personal interests and harmed its repute.

"If any worker of PTI or group of workers is involved in such activities, their party membership should be cancelled," sources quoted Imran Khan as saying.

E&T FINAL NOTICES

The Excise and Taxation Department issued final notices to 2330 defaulters of property tax, warning them that their properties would be sealed after seven days if the due outstanding against them were not paid within this limit.

Excise sources said that the defaulters had to pay over Rs26 million of property tax and the Director Excise Jam Siraj had issued order for launching of crackdown on them. Sources added that out of total 2,330 defaulters, as many as 32 big defaulters had to pay Rs1.6 million at the rate of Rs50,000 each, 1228 Rs13 million at Rs10,000 each and 958 Rs4.8 million at Rs5,000.

Sources said that the Director Excise had directed the concerned officials to ensure 100 per cent recovery from the defaulters with the help of police.