In history of Pakistan there is no example that small farmers shows unity and achieve their demand. First step was for the subsidy for Agriculture Tube wells. This issue was raised due to heavy taxes like sales tax, MDI fix charges, FPA on electricity bills. The farmers decided to stop bill payments. This issue take 1 year to resolve, we did several protest, Dharna, Long March with million of members.
PPP government announced and issue a Notification dated 7th march 2013. On Okara by pass Dharna on 1st march. But PPP did't implement on this notification, they cheat the farmers. During care taker government NAB arrested 2 farmers for tube well bills, Mr. Rizwan Iqbal (District President Pak Pattan) & M. Saleem from Marrot District Bahawal Nagar. Kissan Ittehad Launched a protest and moved towards Islamabad, at Patoki the convoys were stopped and a team of Punjab government reached at Patoki to negotiate on behalf of Najam Sethi C.M Punjab. They release the arrested members of Kissan Ittehad and next during meeting with C.M promised to implement on Notification. But government again cheat us.
3rd time Kissan Ittehad announced protest on on 20th June 2013, on 18th June 2013 Punjab government requested to negotiate, a meeting was arrange at C.M Secretariat with Rana Sana Ullah Law minister, Dr. Farukh javaid, Agriculture Minister, Ch. Shair Ali Energy Minister with the delegation of Kissan Ittehad.
On 19th June 2013 Mian Shahbaz Sharif C.M met with Kissan Ittehad and promised to resolve issue immediately. But he did nothing after 2 months Kissan Ittehad again announced a Long March on 26th of August 2013. Government dialogue with farmers and announced a subsidy package 29 billion. On 4th Sep a press conference was arranged by Govt. Minister Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister Water and Power Abid Shair Ali and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif did press conference with Kissan Ittehad and announced subsidy package.
But again they cheated farmers and 2 months passed nothing happen. Kissan Ittehad again announced protest on 31st of Oct a new directive launched and subsidies the agriculture tube wells.