Awami Workers Party Central Secretary General Farooq Tariq on Monday accused the government of patronising corruption, saying that the farmers were conned out of their hard-earned money with impunity by the traders and industrialists.

While addressing his party workers at the inauguration of AWP district office here, he demanded payment of outstanding dues of the growers against the sale of their sugarcane to the sugar mills within a week. He also demanded increase in support price of sugarcane for the upcoming season. He vehemently demanded the release AWP Gilgit-Baltistan chapter leader Baba Jan and quashment of cases registered against him.

On the occasion, elderly leader Ch Muhammad Sarwar inaugurated the AWP district office while party district president Ch M Zubair, Akash Ashfaq and Dr Arif were also present on the occasion.