I never suggested Lodhran for S. Punjab sub-secretariat: Tareen

MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf former secretary general Jahangir Khan Tareen said Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz and Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal should not have met JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to convince him for the withdrawal of a no-confidence motion against Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.

Talking to the media at cotton research centre here on Monday, Tareen said Shibli Faraz met Maulana Fazlur Rehman as per political tradition.

“The PTI is active to rescue the Senate chairman. All the political parties appreciate the performance of Sadiq Sanjrani. The no-confidence move against the chairman is useless,” he said.

Clarifying his position over the establishment of south Punjab sub-secretariat, Tareen said he never suggested the establishment of sub-secretariat in Lodhran.

“Blaming me for not letting establish the sub-secretariat is wrong. I am not in a position to claim that where the sub-secretariat would be established; however it would be set up in Bahawalpur or Multan,” he said.

He said the National Agriculture Emergency Programme for the enhancement of agriculture was going to be started soon.

“The issues related to four major crops and irrigation water will be looked after through this programme,” he said.

Tareen said for the first time 1,000 cotton plants had been cultivated on an acre land.

“Working on a programme for the revival of cotton crop is under way. Hopefully the cotton price will be fixed soon and the government will make announcement in this regard within 10 days. Currently the price of Phutti is Rs4,000 per 40kg. The availability of irrigation water will be ensured to the tail end to give benefit to the cotton growers.

The PTI government is focusing on agriculture which is being done for the first time. New cotton varieties will also be introduced and uncertainty regarding cotton crop in Pakistan will be ended,” he said.

Tareen said Pakistan Cotton Research Institute is an important institution of the country and steps will be taken to resolve its funding-related issues.

 

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