SIALKOT

The Daska administration has refused to grant permission to PPP for holding annual Benazir Bhutto Book Fair here.

Talking to newsmen, PPP city President Raheel Kamran said that the administration had not allowed to hold the bookfair in front of Govt Postgraduate College for Women Daska. He said that the main reason behind the refusal was stated to be security concerns in the country.

He said that last year the PPP had organised the bookfair at the same place despite the tragedy of APS Peshawar. He said that the Daska administration had refused to grant permission to PPP purely on political grounds in a bid to please the local PML-N bigwigs.

“Our aim and objective of holding this bookfair is to provide a platform to intellectuals for knowledge sharing and develop a band with masses, besides, ensuring easy access of readers to the books, providing opportunities of purchasing books on cheaper rates, he said.

He said that during the last year the festival had received overwhelming response from all walks of life in Daska, as the number of visitors rose 20 to 25 thousands in three days.

ANTI-POLIO DRIVE CONTINUES: The district administration has launched three-day anti-polio campaign under which about 631,921 children are being given administered drops by the vaccination teams.

District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Javaid Warraich said that 1,032 mobile teams are going door to door, 130 fixed teams are at hospitals, BHUs and RHCs, 200 EPI centres, 55 transit teams at bus stops and eight roaming teams would administrate anti-polio vaccine drops to the children in Sialkot district, he added.

Landfill site on the cards

The district administration has selected a 60-acre piece of land for the establishment of a landfill site in outskirts of Sialkot city.

The city lacks a proper dumping point. The district administration said the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has started working on the plan for the uplift of the city, as it would spend Rs11 billion for improving the water supply, sewerage, sanitation, solid waste and infrastructure development besides putting them on the modern lines.

It said that ADB would spend Rs11 billion for providing better facilities for the people under this approved master plan. It said that the urban transport service would also be launched in Sialkot for providing the better transport facilities to the people. Meanwhile, the urban matters experts of Asian Development Bank (ADB) visited the various congested residential, commercial and industrial areas of Sialkot city.

Body found in canal

Local people spotted the dead body of a youth floating in Bambaanwala-Ravi-Baidian (BRB) Canal near village Bambaanwala here on Wednesday. Some unknown persons brutally tortured to death the youth and threw his body into canal to conceal the brutal murder, as per District Police Officer (DPO) Rai Ejaz Ahmed. He added that the dead body was beyond his recognition.

Meanwhile, the police registered a case against three accused for taking bonded labour from 44 male and female labourers from Sahiwal and keeping them in illegal detention at their brick kilns in village Sheikhwaan. According to police officials, it recovered illegally detained labourers besides arresting Hafeez, Tanveer and Abid, the accused owners of kilns.