Our Staff Reporter

Multan

Highly enraged on prolonged power outages and inflated tariff, the powerloom workers brought out a rally and staged a demonstration here at Chowk Manzoorabad on Monday.

Holding placards and banners inscribed with their demands, hundreds of protesters including women and children assembled at the Chowk and carried out non-stop sloganeering against government and Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco). With loaves of bread dangling around their necks as an expression of sheer poverty, they accused the government of depriving them of even last bite. Traffic remained suspended around the busy Manzoorabad Chowk during the protest. A police contingent also reached the spot. However, both the children and their patrons remained peaceful.

Speaking at the rally, the office bearers of Powerlooms Association including president  Khaliq Qandeel Ansari criticized the government over what they said its apathy towards resolving the problems of the powerloom sector. They lamented that their cost of production had increased manifold due to hike in power tariff which ultimately had rendered the powerloom sector as a ‘business of accumulating losses’. They threatened the powerloom owners would launch a country-wide drive after Eidul Fitr if the tariff was not revised.

CPWB RALLY: Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) Multan organised an awareness rally in Multan on Monday in connection with Universal Children’s Day falling on Nov 20.

The motive behind holding the event was to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.  The rally was led Hamza Shahid Lodhi Chairman of Child Protection and Welfare Bureau and District Officer Muhammad Sami. The rally concluded at General Bus stand. Participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans ,”Save the children ,” stop violence against Children,” Hamza Shahid lodhi said,” It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights. He said that Save the Children is to commemorate Universal Children’s Day this year with an event that will focus on the theme: Stop Violence Against Children.