KASUR - A man clubbed to death his sister for “honour” at Village Bhagiana in Sadar Phoolnagar police limits late Monday,

Reportedly, accused Babar killed his sister Nazia Bibi for honour. The accused fled after committing the crime. Police have launched a hunt for the culprit after entering a case.

Meanwhile, rivals shot dead a man in the custody of police outside a court. Old enmity that erupted over a piece of land had so far claimed eight lives at Village Bahdian. The Mustafabad police brought two accused Aas Muhammad and Shoukat Ali to a court when Aas was ambushed by his rival Muhammad Aslam.

Protest for labour rights:  The Bonded Labour Liberation Front (BLLF) Pakistan have threatened to launch protest across the province against violation of rights to labourers.

“If the government failed to ensure issuance of CNICs and social security cards besides payment of minimum wages of Rs517 per thousand bricks to the brickkiln workers by March 31, protests will be staged across the province,” BLLF representatives said while talking to the media.

“The government should not take this warning as routine statement or demand of the workers, as we are concerned about rights to the brickkiln workers in collaboration with the journalists, workers’ representatives and civil society activists,” BLLF secretary general Syeda Ghulam Fatima said.

Flanked by Mehr Safdar Ali (Programme Manager Rakhwalay Programme), Sobia John (Project Coordinator) and other BLLF representatives, she alleged that bricks-kiln owners were involved in paying Rs300, violating the government’s notification of payment of Rs517 as minimum wages to their workers. She said in 2005 the government had fixed payment of minimum wages of Rs329 on per thousand bricks to workers but the workers were still being paid Rs300 by the owners even during the ongoing period of the worst-ever price hike in Pakistan.

Besides facing this problem relating the minimum wages, the brickkiln workers were also being denied of CNICs due to minor objections raised by the department concerned. She said that non-issuance of CNICs was further leading toward denial of social security cards and employees old age benefits, marriage grants, free medical treatment and other facilities to the workers.

Earlier, Safdar highlighted various activities relating uplift of workers being carried out at various brickkilns of the district. Meanwhile Sobia John gave an overall 'Rakhwalay' project presentation about the BLLF activities. District Information Officer Tabinda and over 25 local journalists attended the meeting.