LAHORE - The Pakistan Kissan Ittehad ended its sit-in outside Punjab Assembly on Wednesday late night after the farmers were assured that their long standing demands would be addressed.

The PKI body held talks with a provincial minister before ending their protest. Ittehad’s general secretary Umair Masood told The Nation that PKI delegation would hold a meeting with Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar within a week to present farmers’ case.

He said law minister Rana Sanaullah assured them for the arrangement of the meeting with Punjab CM on yesterday but it was later put on next week. He said the PKI is demanding Rs5.35 per unit electricity tariff for tube well connection, subsidy of Rs200 billion on fertilizers and abolition of GST on agriculture input and income tax.

He said the Kissan body demanded of the government to declare agriculture emergency in the country for next year. He said the trade with India must be stopped and government should announce support prices of cotton, rice, maze and other crops.

Umair said the PKI would body wanted implementation on all its genuine demands and it was ensure by the provincial cabinet.

Umair said the PKI was not the Kissan Wing of any political party and the PPP, PTI and PAT had participated in their protest only to show solidarity with farmers.