Islamabad - The Pakistan Kissan Ittehad has warned the government of nation-wide protest strike if it does not turn down the summary moved by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for converting the agriculture research land of National Agriculture Research Center (NARC) into housing society.

“We will launch nationwide protest strike and hold demonstrations in front of Prime Minister house and in all the provincial assemblies in the first week of August,” President PKI, Khalid Mehmood Khokhar announced during a press conference here.

He was flanked by Secretary General PKI, Mian Umair, PKI District Presidents Captain Muhammad Hussain and Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmad, President PARC Scientists Association, Dr Altaf Sher, President PARC Officers Association, Sardar Ghulam Mustafa and President Employees Association of PARC Chaudhary Muhammad Jahangir.

He said that PKI will protect the interests of agriculture sector for the larger interests of the nation and would come on the streets and roads throughout the country to defend the NARC against land mafia. “We will sacrifice our lives and shed our blood to defend national institutions like NARC,” he said and warned the government not to push the farming community against the wall, which would have catastrophic consequences.

For the larger national interest, the Itehad would not let the government to destroy this important asset as the destruction of NARC means destruction of agriculture and thereby the economy, he maintained.