LAHORE - Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief  Dr Tahirul Qadri has said that if his party won a two-third majority in the elections, he would cut the electricity, gas and water bills by 50 per cent in the very first month. According to a party press release, the PAT chief said that within 90 days of coming into power depots would be established where wheat flour, rice, sugar, edible oil, cloth, lentils and other utilities would  be sold at half their market rates.

He said to ensure quick justice, sessions courts would be set up at tehsil level, high courts at district level and the supreme court benches at divisional level. He said the local governments would be made so strong that even the MPAs and MNAs would envy them. Despite facing heart ailment, the PAT leaders addressed some gatherings in Bhakkar during the past couple of days. However, he returned to the Punjab capital on Tuesday night.  He plans to go abroad for his treatment after December 25. Dr Qadri said his doctors were advising him complete rest and immediate treatment of his heart problem. But, he said, he was reluctant to go abroad immediately as this would provide his opponents with an opportunity to allege that he had done this because of a deal with the government.

Dr Qadri said that an SHO would lose his job if he failed to register an FIR within 24 hours of the commission of a crime. He said district governments would be set up within the district. He said he had visited many countries and observed the working of the local governments. In the light of information he had gathered he had formulated a system for Pakistan that would be for the benefit of the poor and in which the rights of the people would be fully ensured by the state. There would even distribution of wealth and all citizens would be equal in the eyes of law.

According to the PAT chief, no citizen would have to go out of his district in search of justice and all his work would be completed in the shortest possible time while remaining in his own district.

According to another report, thousands of people attended a dharna by PAST leaders in Bhakkar. Dr Hassan Mohyuddin, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, PP-48 PAT candidate Nazar Abbas, Basharat Jaspal, Fayyaz Warraich and other local leaders were among them. Dr. Tahir ul Qadri asked the people of Bhakkar to vote for Nazar Abbas and told the participants that vote for Nazar Abbas meant that they were making their contribution to the PAT revolution for a change.

Dr Tahir ul Qadri said the country was in the grip of plunderers, looters and corrupt politicians and his struggle against them would continue till the completion of the mission. He said a system which did not give the poor their rights could not be supported at any cost. He said the rulers spend billions on food of their pet dogs, horses and other animals, ignoring the poor.