Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Punjab Ameer Syed Wasim Akhtar said on Tuesday that south Punjab was among the most economically deprived regions of the nation.
Akhtar was addressing an event organised by the Al-Sadiq Desert Welfare Organisation in order to raise public awareness regarding the various challenges confronting people from Cholistan and the various ways of overcoming them.
He said that the Jamaat-i-Islami would protect the rights of people from the region.
The JI leader also called on the government to award the status of a district to Cholistan.
He called for the allotment of land in Cholistan to women and said that they should be given the right to submit applications in this regard.
Akhtar said that the allotment process should be transparent and locals should be awarded ownership rights.
He said bequeathed land should not be deducted from what was being allotted to people.
Akhtar said that those who had been given less than 12.5 acres of desert land should be given their proper share along with ownership rights.
He said the locals, including agriculture graduates who had not been able to submit their applications for land, should be given another chance to do so.
The JI’s Punjab chief said that the Livestock Directorate, that had been functioning smoothly under the Cholistan Development Authority, was now being handed over to district authorities.
He rejected the proposed policy and urged the government to allow the directorate to remain a part of the Cholistan Development Authority.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2015.