Almost a week later of protests and sit-ins in Islamabad, representatives of farmers on Tuesday called off their demonstrations after the breakthrough was achieved in negotiation with in government.
Kissan Ittehad, which included farmers from all over the Punjab, demanded restoration of old tariff for electricity in a tube well of Rs 5.3 per unit and removal of taxes and adjustments among others.
Chairman Kissan Ittehad Khalid Butt media talk to Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, off protest.
Sanoulla said that government agreed to farmers’ demands, which included deferment and installment plan in payments of power invoices and cancellation of fuel adjustment fee.
According to other requirements interior minister said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had set up a ministerial committee – with Sanaulla on in board – to hold meetings with representatives of farmers and negotiate more subtle terms of agreement.
Sanaulla also said that prime minister will announce package for farmers in a week or 10 days that will bring great benefits to agriculture community and the agricultural sector.
“Our philosophy is that Pakistan will prosper when farmers prosper. So we’ll look at all things in the best way and solve these problems”.
Interior minister thanked Kissan Ittehad and protesting farmers for bearing “difficulty” and asked them to disperse, as the negotiations were successful.
He said that the appointed members of the delegation from Kissan Ittehad should stay for further negotiations and the rest should go back. “Our duty is solve your requirements and we will do it.” – Sanaulla added.
Interior minister further assured that the committee work in “very good” way and the farmers won’t need return.
Long March PTI
Meanwhile, in answer to question on deal agreements with expected long PTI march to Islamabad – not yet announced – Sanaulla said: “We have full preparing to deal with this problem.
“I had a meeting today for them [PTI’s] treatment and a very satisfying formula has been prepared for them, according to which they will be distributed with”.
Interior minister also said the pakistani army would be called in to deal with with march, in conformity with Article 245 of Constitution. He added what personnel of Pakistan Rangers, Border Police, Islamabad Police and Sindh Police also be used.
Sanaullah said PTI chairman Imran Khan no longer uses support of institutions.