SIALKOT: Several traders and farmers on Friday staged a demonstration at Akbar Chowk in protest against the district government for failure to complete construction work at the five kilometre patch of Sialkot-Pasrur Road from Doburji
Malhiyaan to Akbar Chowk. The protestors held banners and placards with slogans against the district administration.
They said the administration was delaying the construction of the patch for three years. The protestors blocked the road for about one-and-a-half hour causing severe inconvenience to the traffic. Talking to the press, traders Muhammad Aslam, Abdul Majeed Butt, Arif Mehmood, Khalid Mehmood, Mubarak Ali, Munawar Hussain and Iqbal Chaudhary said they had been requesting the government for a long time to continue construction work on the road.
They said there business was being affected due to the incomplete construction. They added that during monsoons the road got flooded with water causing several diseases.
They said that if the government continued to ignore their protest they would launch a hunger strike.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2011.
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