TOBA TEK SINGH-On the call of Markazi Anjuman Tajiran, complete shutdown was observed by the traders to condemn the alleged action of district administration against the shopkeepers on Monday.

Anjuman General Secretary Mohsin Idress told reporters that assistant commissioners and price magistrates frequently raided the shops without any complaint against the owners and impose heavy fines on them on baseless charges. He warned that if the action continued against them, the traders will be forced to take to the streets against the administration.

Likewise, all the medical stores remained shut as protest over the alleged action of health department against medical stores and pharmacies over alleged violation of drug rules. While addressing the protest meeting of medical stores owners, District Chemists and Druggists Association president Mian Imran Manzoor condemned the Punjab government’s decision under which medical stores were being sealed.

He announced to continue the protest and strike till the health department stops actions against medical stores.

A Chuttiana police party raided Muzaffargarh and arrested a dacoity case proclaimed offender. The police said three year ago, accused Baqar Shah Burhana and his accomplices had taken away on gunpoint animals worth Rs 1.2 million from the outhouse of Seth Shahzad Shafi in Chak 332 GB Jakhra. His other accomplices had already been arrested however the gang head Baqar Shah Burhana was still at large.

Implementation of Job

quota demanded

A Christian community leader demanded implementation of five percent job quota for the minority communities.

Former councilor Ashraf John Sindhu criticised the recent publication of an advertisement in newspapers regarding the provision of jobs in alleged violation of the merit in the district. He said that there was five percent quota of jobs in government departments for the minorities but the advertisement contained vacancies for the minorities in far flung rural areas of the district instead of urban areas. He demanded jobs for the minorities in the cities instead of villages against their allocated job quota.