Farmers to stage ‘long march’ if their problems not solved: Sirajul Haq


If the government did not solve the problems of the growers, the farmers from all the provinces would jointly march to Islamabad, said Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Senator Sirajul Haq while addressing a huge Kisan Convention at Phalia on Tuesday.

Haq said that the farming community all over the country was facing difficult times because of high costs of agricultural inputs, high electricity tariff and load shedding. The farmers were not getting due return for their crops, he said, adding that India was giving subsidy to the farmers on agricultural inputs while the Pakistan government was creating problems for the farmers by importing agricultural products from India.

He appealed to all the political parties not to fight among themselves and instead, wage a war against poverty, ignorance, price hike, unemployment and load shedding. He reiterated that his party after coming into power would give subsidy on five items including fertiliser, seed, pesticides, electricity and diesel to the agriculturists.

He said it was a matter of shame that the government had failed to protect the minorities and churches. He said that most of the security men were on VVIP duty while the masses were at the mercy of the criminals and terrorists. He said that Pakistan had been established in the name of Islam but the rulers had drifted away from Islam and created a class-based society.