Pakistani farmers hold massive protest in Islamabad against rising electricity cost, fertilisers

Updated: Sep 30 2022 8:56PM

Islamabad, Sep 30 (PTI) Thousands of farmers from Pakistan's Punjab province held a massive protest here for the third day on Friday against rising cost of electricity and fertilisers which have badly hit their income.

The farmers, who have been protesting since Wednesday under the banner of Kisan Ittihad (Farmer’s Union), entered Islamabad via the Grand Trunk road and staged a sit-in at Blue Area, a few kilometers from the high security Red Zone, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Officials said the farmers came from across Punjab province and were demanding restoration of the previous tubewell electricity tariff of Rs 5.3 per unit and abolishing of all taxes and adjustments. Besides, they are seeking an end to black marketing of fertilisers and reduction of urea rate which has risen to 400 per cent, the report said.