LAKKI MARWAT - Local chapter of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) held a protest demonstration against Rawalpindi tragedy in Lakki city on Sunday. ASWJ activists and people from other walks of life gathered at Kargil Chowk and blocked Bannu-Mianwali Road for vehicular traffic. They were carrying party flags and banners.

A contingent of police and commandos of Elite Force and Anti-Terror Squad were deployed to avert happening of any unpleasant incident. The busies road closed for sometime but police personnel and traffic wardens made arrangements for plying of vehicles between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab via Bannu-Mianwali Road.

Speaking on the occasion ASWJ leaders Maulana Umar Farooq, Mufti Nawab Khan and Hafiz Sharifullah criticised the government for its failure to maintain law and order during Ashura. They alleged that the seminary and its students and teaches were attacked on 10th of Muharram in Rawalpindi under a planned conspiracy and the govt should thoroughly probe it.

They also demanded of the government to arrest the culprits and perpetrators of Rawalpindi incident and took them to task without any delay. They also asked the govt to ban mourners’ processions and restrict mourning to Imambargahs.

Residents for check on fruit,

vegetable prices

Residents have demanded of the local administration to check the prices of fruits and vegetables, as it has become impossible for them to buy commodities on inflated rates. During a survey of different bazaars on Sunday, they told this correspondent that tomatoes, potatoes and onions were being sold in the market at high prices. “In the last couple of weeks the prices of vegetables have gone beyond the reach of common man,” they maintained. They told that many citizens had abandoned visiting bazaars to purchase vegetables especially onion, potatoes and tomatoes. They further told that tomatoes were available at Rs 120 per kilogram and onions and potatoes at Rs 60 to Rs 80 per kilogram each in the market.

“We cannot afford to buy vegetables at such inflated rates,” a resident said. Another citizen said that females used alternate commodities instead of potatoes, tomatoes and onions in cooking food.

This correspondent witnessed several vegetable vendors in the weekly Sunday bazaars with heaps of potatoes, tomatoes and onions lying in front of them but there was no rush of buyers at their temporarily established outlets. It is pertinent to mention here that prices of vegetables and fruits are fixed on daily basis by the local association of fruit and vegetable merchants association.

A trader who deals in the business told that the gap between supply and demand as well as availability of commodities at high rates in the markets of big cities was the main cause of hike in prices of vegetables at local level.

A former president of model farm services centre Hafiz Minhajud Din called upon the government to promote kitchen gardening and persuade people to grow vegetables in their houses. “The idea if implemented will enable the residents to get fresh vegetables every day without facing the inflated rates of kitchen items,” he sugggested.

Residents also asked the government to take measures for reducing the prices of vegetables and fruits and ensure availability of commodities in the markets at controlled rates.