KHYBER AGENCY - Leaders of the political parties based in tribal belt demanded the authorities concerned to expedite construction work on the Pak-Afghan highways as the dust rising due to the construction work is spreading infectious diseases among residents of the area.
The Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and political administration need to address reservations of tribesmen regarding slow pace of construction work on the Pak-Afghan road.
In The meet the press programme organised by Landi kotal press club here on Sunday, political parties’ leaders from Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI),Jamiat Ullema-e- Islam(JUI-F),Tanzeem Ahle Sunnth Wal jamaat, Qawmi Watan party (QWP) and representative of Member of National Assembly from NA-45 participated and urged the FWO to complete the construction of the Pak-Afghan highways from Jamrud subdivision to Torkham as soon as possible to avoid troubles being faced by commuters.
Shah Hussain Shinwari, ex-president of Khyber from ANP said beside locals passengers from across the border have been facing difficulties and hardships while travelling through Pak Afghan high way due to the slow pace of construction work.
He counted certain flaws of the road construction project and suggested to move to court against it. Shinwari said due to dust going up of the raw and alternate road cause several diseases of chest and throat to be spread in the area. Landi ktal administration has totally failed to resolve the issue of locals’ therefore; he added like country other parts local bodies’ election is lonely solution to empower the masses to solve their basic problems on grass root level.
PTI local leader Abdur Raziq Shinwari while expressing his views said tribesmen are in the grip of many problems. Agency headquarters’ hospital lacks basic facilities and it has been observed that often patients suffering from various diseases are referred to Peshawar hospitals due to unavailability of necessary medical equipments and expert staff.
Lack of basic rights have forced the tribal to shift other parts of the country he remarked. He demanded of the authorities concerned to equip the hospital with necessary medical equipments and provide staff to facilitate the tribal people of Landi kotal
JI FATA Naib Ameer Zarnoor Afridi informed, tribesmen have been suffering multifaceted problems and hardships that is why the FATA based political leadership formed a political committee to cope with the situation and press the government to resolve the long standing problems and issues in tribal regions besides struggling for political reforms and holding local bodies elections.
Restoration of peace in Khyber is the primary purpose and one of the main demands of the locals which need to be address forthwith. JI leader asked the political administration to train some Levy or Khasadar Force personnel to control the mob of the traffic under traffic laws to minimize traffic related accidents and incidents on Peshawar Torkham high way, in addition to guiding the drivers to comply with traffic rules and regulations.
The Peshawar Torkham road needs to be double track to facilitate the transporters and the passengers, Afridi said, adding that the new construction of the road was useless sans bridges on the road at various points.
Presently setting MNA’s representative and brother Taj Muhammad Afridi observed that it was a great pleasure to see construction work on Khyber Pass after a long period of sixty years, saying that road construction problems are natural but the people need to be patient so that construction work remains in progress peacefully.
The authorities concerned are requested to arrange water tankers to sprinkle water on the road to down the dust to facilitate the passengers.
A briefing with FWO authorities will soon be arranged to apprise the political leaders of the mega plan and also to convey grievances and reservations regarding slow pace of construction work to FWO.
Tanzeem Ahle Sunnath Wal Jamaat’s representative Maulana Shoib suggested to contact the authorities to take notice of the turtle speed of construction work on the road which has disturbed the masses. QWP and JUI-F leaders also seconded the other leaders on the issue and stress for unity among political leadership in future as well.
JUI-F leader Shams-ur-Rehman said, the united efforts of political parties can press the administration and other departments to solve the problems of the masses.
QWP leader Ali Zer came hard on the role of the administration and said it has failed to settle disputes of the locals, which frequently turn into arm clashes between the rival groups and cause loss of human lives. “Our schools and hospital in a dilapidated condition and have no more to serve the local masses,” he opined.