BAHAWALPUR: The district administration has launched a crackdown on petrol pumps across the district for short measuring and over charging.
The crackdown was launched on the instructions of Deputy Commissioner Shozeb Saeed after he received complaints against owners of the petrol pumps.
During a raid on petrol pumps near the general bus stand, City Assistant Commissioner (AC) Rabia Sial fined them Rs70,000 for overcharging, while Hasilpur AC Tayyab Chaudhry fined petrol pumps over Rs100,000 for short measuring and profiteering.
The DC has also asked others to check petrol pumps in their respective sub-divisions in the district.
DRIVE AGAINST CYLINDERS: The National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) launched a campaign against the removal of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders from public transport vehicles on the highway.
NH&MP Ahmedpur East Deputy Superintendent of Police Qamar Shehzad Bhatti removed cylinders from several wagons during checking on the highway on Monday with a warning that their vehicles would be impounded in the future.
The NH&MP has banned the use of LPG cylinders in public transport vehicles on highways.
PROTEST: A large number of people protested on Monday against some notables and landowners of a graveyard in the Bhori Shah Basti near Khairpur Tamewali, about 45 kilometres from here.
The crowd converged at and blocked Bahawalpur-Hasilpur road. The protesters alleged that the notables and landowners wanted to dig out a water course through the graveyard where their ancestors had been buried, and apprehended damage to the graves. They demanded strict action against those responsible for this sacrilege.
Due to the blockade of the road for hours, long queues of vehicles formed on both sides of the road.
PAKISTANI PRISONERS: Members of the civil society at a press conference appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to ask the Saudi crown prince to implement his promise regarding the release of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabian jails.
The press conference at Uch Sharif was also addressed by a man whose son was incarcerated in Saudi Arabia for around two years.
Khwaja Sibtain said both the prime minister and the Saudi crown prince had announced the release of Pakistan prisoners in Saudi Arabia about five months ago, but nothing had been done practically.