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Farmers give two hour ultimatum to govt. for negotiations

The protest is on its second day as thousands of farmers march toward D-Chowk and Red Zone for the fulfillment of their demands.

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The protesting farmers in Islamabad have warned of ‘jamming’ the whole country. They also gave a two-hour ultimatum to the government authorities for negotiations.

According to the details, the protest is on its second day as thousands of farmers march towards D-Chowk and Red Zone for the fulfillment of their demands. The demonstration has been causing massive traffic jams in the capital.

On the other hand, the Capital Police in a statement said that the protestors will not be allowed to enter the Red Zone under any circumstances as the demonstrators may have batons or other weapons.

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The police said that the farmers were directed to the F-9 park for their protest, however, they insist on moving towards D-Chowk. Police officials and administrations will try to negotiate as well.

Farmers’ protest in Islamabad

To clarify, farmers are agitating against the increase in utility bills, taxes, and urea prices. Farmers from Punjab reached Islamabad to protest against the increase in utility bills, taxes, and urea prices. Farmers are demanding the restoration of the previous tubewell electricity tariff of Rs5.3 per unit and abolishing all taxes and adjustments.

They are also demanding to provide agricultural machinery and technology on easy loan schemes adding that the price of crops should be fixed before the time of cultivation.

Farmers claim that they do not want to go against the authorities but they have been forced to take to the streets because the government is acting deaf and mute towards their issues.

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The farmers’ protest is gaining a lot of attention. PTI leaders have also spoken out in favor of the protest, calling out the government for not paying heed to the farmers.

“Farmers of the country are protesting on the streets and the government is not listening. Is there a section of society spared from the cruel policies of the imported government? Give farmers their due rights,” PTI leader Asad Umar tweeted.

“Why don’t farmers have the right to protest? Every class is suffering from oppression and tyranny at this time. The media that speaks to the people is forced to shut down. Threats and arrests have become the norm,” PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.