Emir Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Sirajul Haq warned the government against building trade with India and said that the nation will not allow the government to develop love bound with New Delhi at cost of Kashmiri blood and plight of Pakistani farmers. He expressed these views in a meeting with the JI Kissan delegation which called on him at Mansoorah on Thursday.
Led by Shaukat Ali Chaddar (President JI Kissan), the farmers briefed the JI chief about the water shortage issue in Punjab and Sindh, the economic losses which the farmers could incur in case of the resumption of trade with India and other issues related to agriculture.
Sirajul Haq demanded the government withdraw GST imposed by the former government on agriculture inputs, decrease the prices of fertilizers and provide electricity to farmers at promised rate of Rs5.85 per unit. The government, he said, should ensure interest-free loans for growers and live-stock farmers. He said that the Pakistani farmers were unable to compete the Indian farmers in prevailing circumstances when they were provided costly seed, water and other agriculture inputs.