Effected Christian and Muslim farmers of Okara Cantonment demand justice
13 Apr 2018
Lahore: April 13, 2018. (PCP) Pakistan Christian Congress PCC Founder President Dr. Nazir S Bhatti have expressed grave concern on Agents of Pakistan Military Intelligence MI, Inter Services Intelligence ISI and Punjab police raids of Christian and Muslim farmers effected by the land acquisition by Pakistan Army to built Garrison City of Okara in Punjab province of Pakistan decades ago.
The Association formed by effected farmers by the name of Anjuman-e-Muzareen AMP Chairman Younas Iqbal was arrested recently from court compound where he came for hearing.
The Christian and Muslim leaders of AMP are facing cases against them under terrorism on protesting for their due rights when Okara Army wanted to change tenant’s agreement signed on acquiring land.
It is surprising to note that Pakistan Army have built many new Garrison Cities after 1965 in provinces of Punjab, Sindh, KP and Balochistan while not a new single city is built for general public when population have risen to two hundred million.
In an urgent application to PPP leaders for immediate support by AMP reads as “We had a good relation with you, your leaders always stood by our side in our ups and downs of Muzareen. We always appreciated and remembered the great efforts of Madam Bainazir Bhutto who always fought for the rights of the lands of peasants. The reason for writing this application to you is that its time for us again to stand against the illegal act of Okara Military Farm. Today, the agencies and Okara police arrested Younas Iqbal (Chairman, Anjuman-e-Muzareen, Punjab AMP) when he went to anti-terrorist court, Sahiwal. So, we would like to request to Mr Bilawal Bhutto (Chairman Pakistan People Party) Shery Rehman (Senate Opposition Leader), Qamar Zaman Qaira (President Pakistan People Party) Chaudhary Manzoor Ahmad (General Secretary Pakistan People Party) and Napoleon Qayyum Minority Leader Pakistan Peoples Party, Human Rights activist to stand with us against this illegal act of Okara Military Farm so that we could continue our movement and fight for the rights of the Okara peasants. It would be very helpful for us if you speak about AMP. On 16th of March around at 8:30pm the AMP leadership and workers were making arrangement for the 17th March event a large number contingent of police raided the village Chak 10-4/L Antoniabad, District Okara They entered forcibly to the David Rehmat’s house (Secretary General, AMP) and Ulfat Dildar (Finance Secretary AMP, Okara). They wanted to arrest David Rehmat and Ulfat Dildar but arrested few activists and force them to postpone the event. Police used tear gas shells and aerial firing. Many were injured during the firing. The leader, activists and workers reacted strongly and police left the village. However, situation is still very tense and police is continually harassing the people of AMP requesting full solidarity, moral and legal help for AMP's struggle for peasant rights”
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti have appealed COAS General Bajwa to intervene to solve this long-standing issue of farmers and to withdraw cases against AMP leaders.