Farmers warn of road, railway line blockades.

OKARA -- The office-bearers of the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) of the Bath faction told a press conference on Wednesday that they plan to block GT Road at Okara bypass and the railway line over the failure of the Shehbaz government to fulfil farmers' demands, which it had accepted two weeks ago in the wake of a farmers' nine-day long protest in Islamabad.

PKI-Bath senior provincial vice president Ghulam Mustafa Wattoo with other leaders said that hundreds of farmers remained in Islamabad for nine days for the acceptance of their 15-year-old demands. They returned to their hometowns after senior government officials agreed to fix Rs13 per unit for agri tube well, issue interest-free loans for farmers, cut in DAP and urea fertilisers and provision of subsidised solar penal for tube wells.

He said there had been no compliance with the agreed points by the government. He demanded that new power and fertiliser rates be implemented and fertilizers' black marketing be checked.

The Bath group has given the protest call for Nov 15 for road and railway line blockades. Earlier in 2011, the Bath group had forced the then government to accept pro-farmer demands through a relentless sit-in and train blockade.

The office-bearers said the Nov 15 plan would also be as fierce as of 2011.

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