Jamaat-e-Islami Punjab Ameer Mian Maqsood Ahmad on Tuesday accused the government of pre-poll rigging, saying that the ECP silence on this critical issue put a question mark on the transparency of the upcoming local government elections.

Talking to the journalists here after distributing dowry among deserving couples, he pointed out that development work was underway in many areas despite ban on such activities while changes had been made in polling scheme just ahead of first round of local government election. "Many candidates have risen these issues but the silence of ECP is amazing. It is worst form of pre-poll rigging," he asserted. He said that the 2013 elections were also largely rigged and even the members of winning party raised objections on the transparency of these polls. He said that the local governments were the true representatives of the people but the actions of the rulers cast dark shadow on the future of this system. He stressed upon the voters to vote for the candidates of JI, if they wanted to get their problems resolved at their thresholds.

He said that the JI always strived for the welfare of the poor people of the country and offered relief to the deserving. Citing the examples of 2005 earthquake and 2010 flood, he added that the volunteers of JI would fully support the affectees of recent earthquake. He demanded the government and concerned departments to do the disaster assessment as soon as possible and launch relief operation on emergency grounds. He further demanded the government to announce immediate financial compensation for the injured and the deceased.

He warned that the aftershocks could continue for next 36 to 48 hours and this situation could lead towards a tsunami in Karachi and Balochistan. He asked the nation to hold mass istighfar congregations and seek pardon from Allah Almighty for the sins.

Admin up to spray 40 houses around every dengue patient: The district government decided on Tuesday to spray mosquito repellents at 40 houses around the residence of every dengue patient. This was disclosed by DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal while addressing a meeting. He further disclosed that 200 female workers of Social Welfare and Population Welfare Departments had also been directed to join dengue eradication campaign. He said that all areas of Multan would be cleared of dengue mosquito as special monitoring officers were being appointed while the complaint centres had also been made functional.

He directed the concerned officials to ensure twice a day fumigation of affected areas and purchase more android phones for monitoring purpose. He said that the dengue spray staff had been provided kits, gloves and masks while the TMOs had been appointed as heads of their concerned areas.

He instructed the district officers to carry out the inspection of all under-construction buildings as these places could prove hatcheries for the dengue larva. He hoped that the efforts of government would bring fruit and dengue would be eliminated from the country.

Meanwhile, the district government had appointed Secretary RTA Farooq Dogar as Research Officer for the inspection of quality of dengue mosquito killer spray (pesticide) and other equipment.

Qureshi undergoes medical check-up


Central leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi was examined here at Ch Pervaiz Elahi Institute of Cardiology on suspicion of heart disease on Tuesday, disclosed hospital sources. However, he was discharged from the hospital after a detailed check-up. The family sources contradicted media reports that Shah Mehmood had developed any cardiac complication and said that the former Foreign Minister went to hospital when he felt congestion in chest but all the tests including ECG report were clear. Family sources added that Shah Mehmood Qureshi left for Islamabad by road after the check-up. "He had to attend a congregation in Mian Channu and then he would go to Islamabad."