MUZAFFARGARH

The activists of People’s Saraiki Party on Sunday took out a protest rally to voice their opposition to the proposed coal-fired power plant in Muzaffargarh. Wearing masks and stickers on their foreheads, the rally participants denounced the government plan to establish the coal power plant in the district. They chanted full-throated slogans, “Give me back my blue sky” and “Go away power plant”. Some protesters carried placards and small signs that read, “Stop feeding people with smog”. The protest was led by PSP chief Malik Zul Naurain Bhutta. Addressing the protesters, speakers said that the government had already established Pak-Arab refinery and three thermal power stations in - Kot Addu, Lalpir and Muzaffargarh city which had polluted the air and underground water.

They claimed that pollution in the area has given rise to various fatal diseases like cancer, lungs, kidney diseases and various skin ailments.They pointed out that contamination of water and air has all taken its toll on mango orchards and has been destroying agriculture rapidly. Malik Zul-Naurain Bhutta said that now the government planned to establish a coal-fired power plant near Mehmood Kot and a nuclear power plant near Chowk Sarwar Shaheed in Muzaffargarh district.

He claimed that when people of the area staged a protest against the government, the police booked more than 175 people which injustice and against the basic rights of the citizens. He demanded withdrawal of the cases and urged the government to revisit the plan for coal power plant