The growers across the district have expressed grave concern over the artificial scarcity and black marketing in Urea fertilizers, fearing that if timely steps were not taken to check the situation there would be huge reduction in the wheat production.

Addressing press conference here on Monday, Kissan Board District President Ch Aman Ullah Chattha said that the rate of urea fertilizer had increased from Rs1,760 per bag to Rs2,000 which was even beyond the reach of big landlords not to speak of the small growers. He expressed his apprehension that if prompt steps were not taken to ensure supply of fertilizer at fixed rate, wheat production would be reduced considerably and the government would face huge loss in foreign exchange by importing wheat from other countries.

ULEMA ROLE SOUGHT FOR HARMONY:  DCO Hafizabad Mansoor Qadir called upon the Ulema to create unique interfaith harmony to contain extremism and terrorism in the country.

Addressing delegation of Sunni Tehrik activists led by its President Syed Usman Haider Naqvi, the DCO said that enemies of Islam and the country were hell-bent on ruining the country by pitching Muslims of one sect against the other. It is, therefore, imperative for Muslims of all sects to create atmosphere of tolerance, forbearance to create interfaith harmony. He said that the administration was determined to prevent any untoward incident. However, he stressed the need for joint efforts by the administration, religious scholars and other segment of society to keep vigilant eye on the disruptive elements. He assured that foolproof security arrangements were being made to celebrate Eid Miladun Nabi (SAWW) in a befitting manner and a control room will be established for the monitoring of precessions and other religious gatherings.