Scores of residents of suburban village Makhdoom Kot staged a protest demonstration against Bahawalnagar Assistant Commissioner Abdul Fatah Haleo, accusing him of corruption and threatening a small farmer with dire consequences here in front of AC Office on Tuesday.
According to details, farmer Khushi Mohammad, a resident of suburban village Basti Makhdoom Kot along with hundreds of villagers staged a protest in front of the AC office. The aggrieved farmer told the media that Bahawalnagar AC Abdul Fatah allegedly took Rs100,000 as bribe in a land case from him and demanded another Rs200,000 to decide the case in his favour. He, however, could not manage the amount at which the AC decided the case in the favour of his rivals after receiving handsome bribe. Khushi Muhammad informed that submitted an application to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and other authorities against the corruption and power abuse of the AC. When the higher authorities sought reply from the AC office, Abdul Fatah Haleo and his subordinate staff started threatening him with dire consequences. Khushi Muhammad regretted that they officials were exerting undue pressure on him to withdraw his application against the AC. He claimed that the revenue staff had threatened to get his son terminated who had been working in the DCO office. He alleged that the local patwari and other revenue staff had also warned him to deprive of him his small land if he did not withdraw his complaint. “Even some local transporters who are the blue-eyed of AC Bahawalnagar have hurled life threats to me and I am unable to whom I should approach for getting justice,” he expressed.
The demonstrators demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Justice of Pakistan and Punjab IG Police to take notice of overt abuse of power and corruption and provide them with justice. They also demanded an impartial probe against the AC Bahawalnagar to ascertain his malpractices and corruption. Khushi Muhammad also warned to commit self-immolation in front of CM’s House in Lahore if he was not provided with justice.
Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts the AC did not respond to the call on his cellphone as he was out of city.