BAHAWALPUR: The district administration would soon launch a crackdown on benami bank account and property holders across the district, announced Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shozeb Saeed here on Monday.
In an interview with journalists, the DC said that a joint crackdown would be launched with the assistance of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), while the important task was the detection of benami bank accounts and properties. He said that after government orders, preliminary discussion and initial work was being carried out in consultation with FBR officials. A practicable strategy would soon be finalised and as soon as the spade work was completed, the district administration would swing into action against benami accounts and property holders.
He was confident that the administration would be able to expose the elements involved in this illegal practice.
Recently, the federal government empowered the deputy commissioners to unearth benami bank accounts and properties and take action against the people involved in it.
ROBBERY: A shopkeeper was killed and another injured during a robbery at a shop at Bhatta Chowk in Ahmedpur East, about 50 kilometres from here.
According to police sources, three armed motorcyclists robbed shopkeeper Ghulam Mustafa of Rs500,000 at gunpoint. When he offered resistance, the suspected robbers opened fire, killing a fruit-seller, Jam Khuda Bakhsh, and injuring another, Abdul Hafiz. Later, they fled from the scene.
The injured was rushed to Bahawal Victoria Hospital where his condition was stated to be serious. Saddar police registered a case against unidentified robbers and sent the body to THQ hospital for postmortem. No arrest could be made till the filing of this report.
Meanwhile, a motorcyclist, Shah Jehan, of Jalalpur Peerwala was killed while another suffered serious injuries in a collision between two over-speeding motorcycles in Uch Sharif, about 70km from here.
Police reached the spot for legal action against the two.
LOCUST ATTACKS: Punjab Agriculture Minister Malik Nauman Ahmed Langrial said that about eight million cotton bales were expected during the current Kharif season from the 4.7 million acres cultivated in Punjab.
Addressing an awareness seminar about locust attacks in Cholistan, held at Yazman, about 30km from here, the minister said frequent locust attacks from across the border have been curbed by government departments on about 850,000 acres in the desert. He claimed that so far none of the green area crops adjacent to Cholistan had been damaged and the situation was under control there.
He said that field formations in Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan divisions had been imparted training for anti-locust operations. He also recounted the measures taken by the government for the benefit of the farming community in the province, adding that fake fertilisers worth Rs130 million were confiscated since Jan.
The seminar was also addressed by MPAs Dr Muhammad Afzal, Chaudhry Ehsanul Haq and other agriculture experts.