PAT Chairman Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has said that the government has the
money to subsidize the metro bus service but no money for the farmers. He warned
that if the fields were rendered deserted, then the farmers will be force to
plough up the palaces of the rulers. He asked as to why those who sing the
praises of Indian PM Modi not give facilities to farmers like he did. He said
that raising the prices of the fertilizers means to push half of the farming
community to starvation. He said that the drama of giving subsidy to the farmers
was enacted to hoodwink them at the time of the local bodies elections.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri made these remarks while talking to the office bearers of
PAT Farmers Wing on telephone. He said that the anti-farmer rulers have billions
of rupees for constructing roads and bridges but start talking of financial
constraints when it comes to helping the beleaguered farmers who have been hit
hard by the government policies already. He said that weakening of agriculture
sector means weakening of Pakistan’s economy to an irreparable extent. He said
that even onions, tomato and other things are being imported due to anti-farmer
policies of the Nawaz government.
The PAT Chairman said that a country that has been exporting cotton to the
rest of the world had to import it to meet its domestic needs for the first time
in last 20 years. He said that market of rice has already been snatched from us,
adding that if the current agriculture policies persist, there is a fear that
the country may have to import wheat. He said that if farmers were pushed
against the wall, then the mills will also stop producing stuff and hustle and
bustle of the markets will also end.
He said that since the time current rulers have come to the country after
ending their self-imposed exile, they have been taking revenge on the workers,
teachers, students, farmers, doctors and clerks. He demanded that farmers should
be given subsidy. He directed the PAT office bearers to show solidarity with the
farmers. He said that it is not just the problem of farmers alone but of the
poor nation that looks to the farmers for their sustenance.