SADIQABAD - The citizens of district Rahim Yar Khan protested the recent increase in fee of urgent and ordinary passports and criticised the federal government for adding to the passport-seekers’ miseries.

They demanded that the government should withdraw the “unjust” increase in passport fee. According to a notification, the fee for ordinary as well as urgent passports has been increased from Rs2,100 to Rs3,100 and Rs4,000 to Rs5,000, respectively with effect from Jan 2, 2012. Therefore, a massive rush is being witnessed since the day the federal government approved the increase in passport fee.

However, the citizens including Ahmad Bilal, Irfan Hassan, Muhammad Saqib Hussain, Muhammad Umair, Saqlain Bajwa, Walid Zafar, Haroon Gujjar, Arsalan Saif, Talib Hussain, Toqeer Khan, Zain Jutt, Mian Salman, Bilal and Hamza Noor appealed to the officials concerned to immediately withdraw the fee raise.

DBA POLLS ON JAN 14: The elections of District Bar Association of Rahim Yar Khan will be held on January 14, 2012.

An election board has also been set up. The board under the chairmanship of Manzoor Hussain Warraich Advocate consists of members advocates Chaudhry Liaqat Ali and Jaam Abdul Majeed. The election scheduled was announced by DBA President Sardar Hassan Nawaz Niazi and General Secretary Imran Maqsood while talking to the media on the district court premises. He pledged to hold fair and transparent elections under the election board.

On the occasion, the board chairman said that the last date for submission of nomination papers 30th till 3:30pm and these papers would be scrutinised the next day while the candidates would be able to withdraw their papers till January 2. On January 3, he added, final lists of successful candidates will be displayed whilst introductory speeches would be delivered on 12th at 10am at the DBA Auditorium.

He maintained that all the candidates were bound to submit fee to contest the elections along with the nomination papers. The candidate for the posts of DBA president, vice president, general secretary and joint secretary will submit Rs35,000, Rs20,000 and Rs25,000 respectively whilst those of the offices of finance secretary and library secretary will submit Rs10,000 each, he said. 

All the candidates will have to abide by the code of conduct set by the Punjab Bar Council and eligibility of the candidates for the elections would be determined in line with Memorandum of Association of the PbBC, the chairman concluded.