LAHORE – The tenants from different parts of Punjab – otherwise known as the bread basket of Pakistan – gathered outside the assembly hall to let lawmakers hear their cries, deprivation and poverty.
According to the PakistanTribe‘s correspondent the demonstration took place outside Punjab Assembly on Tuesday.
Tenants were lead by different small and large farmers’ unions and labor parties. They demanded an immediate reduction in prices of fertilizers and electricity tariffs. Tenants also demanded to give them ownership rights of their lands and houses.
Until the publishing of this report, no office holder from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s provincial government had held talks with tenants.
Not to forget that Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq had vowed during party’s three-day general convention that they would snatch land from ‘British Agents’ and distribute it within tenants. However, no representative of JI was present there to express solidarity with the farmers of Punjab.
Moreover, the issue of land reforms has remained a political taboo in Pakistan. Every major political party of Pakistan includes land reforms in their manifesto before polls and exclude it from agenda points during their stay in power corridors.