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Government begins negotiations with protesting farmers in Islamabad

The government negotiated with the demonstrators and requested that they end their sit-in and return to their homes as the farmers’ protest in the federal capital reached its second day on Thursday.

The farmers who were present at the Khayaban junction planned to advance toward the Red Zone to organise a sit-in until the approval of their demands, according to police and administration officials. This is when the conversations between the Kissan Ittehad took place.

A group of farmers paid Rana Sanaullah, the interior minister, a visit at his home. Kissan Ittehad voiced its demands during the meeting, and Mr. Sanaullah gave them the assurance that the government would address their problems.

The delegation requested that the government postpone the bills and alter the electricity pricing. According to officials acquainted with the discussion, they also wanted a decrease in electricity costs because high electricity costs were having an impact on agriculture. They stated that the minister asked the Kissan leaders for more time and urged them to end the demonstration, stating that it would take a day or two for them to decide on their requests.

The group returned to the protest site and joined the sit-in after seeing the minister, according to the officials.

The Red Zone, meanwhile, remained largely shut for a second day. Only Margalla Road and Khayaban-i-Suharwardy were authorised entry points into the Red Zone, according to the officials, who also stated that Faisal Avenue was off-limits to pedestrians from the pedestrian bridge next to the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited to the Khayaban junction.

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