Hundreds of people including farmers, lawyers and representatives of civil society took out a protest rally in front of the Press Club against the government and land mafia.

The protesters also threatened that if the Housing Department Punjab didn’t accept their demands, they would stage a protest demonstration in front of Punjab Assembly.

The rally was attended by the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad leaders, Burewala Bar Association former presidents Muhammad Ashraf, Humayun Shakeel, Chaudhry Muhammad Saeed, minority leader Shamon Masih, Amin Sheikh, Shah Nawaz Bhatti, Nasar Iqbal Cheema, Muhammad Sarwar Dhudhi, Captain (R) Muhammad Ismail, Shahid Mukhtar Cheema along with hundreds of victims of an under-construction housing scheme.

It started from bar chambers and ended outside the Press Club where they protested against the provincial government. They said that in Chak 447/EB, a housing scheme was set up on a 100-acre piece of land in 1984 while 60 acres of land was acquired from the local farmers for Rs132,000 per acre. Later, they said, then Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi on the farmers request directed allocation of 30 percent plots for the farmers after paying development charges. However, they noted, the land mafia was trying to deprive them of their due share.

“Despite various courts’ orders in favour of the farmers, they are still deprived of the plots as the court orders are not being implemented,” said the protesters.

They threatened that it administration remained failed to meet their demands within seven days, farmers, workers, lawyers and businessmen would launch protests from the next Monday besides staging a protest camp outside the Punjab Assembly.