SIALKOT

Hundreds of flood-affected people including farmers and growers, belong to Pasrur Tehsil, have demanded the Punjab government to declare all the affected villages as calamity hit and exempted them from Aabiyaana, Maliyaana and other agriculture taxes to provide maximum financial relief to them.

Speaking at meeting held at flood-hit village Chahoor in Pasrur tehsil here on Monday, the flood-affected farmers and growers including Muhammad Bashir, Khalid Mehmood, Muhammad Iqbal Gujjar, Muhammad Sadique, Allah Rakha, Ghulam Hussain, Allah Ditta, Chaudhry Nasir Mehmood, Ghulam Sarwar Bagari, Suleman Ghuman and Zafar Iqbal Cheema said that the recent flash floods in Nullah Dek had badly damaged standing seasonal crops over thousands of acres of land across the tehsil, adding that they were totally dependent on these crops.

They regretted that they were totally at the mercy of Nullah Dek and were unable to pay Aabiyaana, Maliyaana and other agricultural taxes to the government.  They urged the Punjab government to declare Pasrur tehsil’s all flood-devastated villages as calamity hit.  Meanwhile, Pasrur-based Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid and local MPAs - Ch Munawar Ali Gill and Rana Muhammad Afzal have also endorsed the agonic voice of the local flood-affected people. They have also urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to visit the flood-hit areas of Pasrur tehsil. He said that the declaration of these flood-devastated villages as calamity hit areas was the demand of the day and the CM should declare these villages as calamity hit areas, adding that the government should also write off all the payable agricultural taxes. Talking to the newsmen in Pasrur here on Monday after visiting the flood-hit villages, the parliamentarians said that Pasrur tehsil’s 27 villages including Jabbokey, Chak Machchaana, Nawaadhey, Eispur, Seehowal, Jeesatiwala, Qila Ahmedabad, Sojowali, Kukka Pan, Poond, Baangey.

, Rasheedpur, Ghangor, Khewan Cheema, Saarh Fataah, Behlolpur, Chcheema, Peera, Baryar, Balloki, Main Harpal, Punj Grayeen Bajwa, Narang Wali, Dhung, Kheemowali, Baddo Cheema and Khewa Hundalaan were badly affected, destroying standing crops over thousands of acres.