Quetta: (January 29, 2008) Hazara Democratic Party held a protest demonstration against the current flour shortage, low gas pressure, electricity load-shedding and blockage of National Identity Cards of a number of people by NADRA. The protesters gathered in front of Party Secretariat on Alamdar Road. The rally moved on from Alamdar Road to Quetta Press Club, and the protesters chanted slogans and displayed placards against the concerned quarters.
Key HDP leaders addressed the rally.
Senior Vice President, Hussain Ali Yousafi, said that the people are badly suffering from the flour crisis, which has been caused by the failed policies of the former government. Some profiteers, being backed by government, are exporting the wheat to neighboring countries, which causes the sky-rocketing flour prices, extended electricity load shedding and low gas pressure.
General Secretary, Abdul Khaliq Hazara said that the complex system of registration for ID Cards has compelled the people to take to the streets against the concerned quarters. Inflation, lawlessness, insecurity and prices hike have deprived the people of their basic rights, and they are compelled to use other alternatives to gas, due to which the prices of wood and coal have increased.
Ahmed Ali Kohzad, Central Information Secretary, also addressed the rally.
The speakers condemned the break-away of high-profile terrorists and masterminds of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi from ATF jail, demanding the officials for the early arrest of the terrorists involved in attacks on Hazaras.
They demanded from the concerned quarters to immediately overcome the electricity crisis and maintain gas supply with full pressure.