Slow pace of work on Khyber Pass to be challenged in court

LANDIKOTAL: Slow pace of construction work on Khyber Pass to be challenged in court, political leaders warns.

Tribal based political parties’ leaders demanded to expedite construction work on the Pak-Afghan highway. The dust rising in the construction work is causing infectious diseases to common men and children on the way. FWO and political administration need to curtail masses reservations regarding slow pace of construction work on Pak Afghan high way.

In “ The meet the press” program organized by Landikotal press club here on Sunday, political parties’ leaders from Awami National Party ANP, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf PTI, Jamaat-e-Islami J, Qaumi Watan party QWP and MNA’s brother Taj Muhammad Afridi representative of Member of National Assembly from NA45 Shaji Gul Afridi participated and urged the FWO to complete the construction of the Pak-Afghan high way from Jamrud subdivision to Torkham as soon as possible to avoid locals of the area facing troubles while commuting on the road.

Shah Hussain Shinwari leader of Awami National Party Khyber Agency said that the locals and passengers of both countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan have been facing difficulties and hardships while travelling through Pak Afghan high way due to the slow pace of construction work.

Shinwari said that due to dust rising several diseases of chest and throat were caused to be spread out in the area. Shah Hussan said that Landikotal administration had totally failed to resolve the issue of locals. Like other parts of the country, local bodies elections were the only solution to empower the masses to solve their basic problems on grass root level.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf leader Abdur Raziq Shinwari also briefed the media men and said that tribal people were in the grip of many problems. Agency headquarters’ hospital lacks basic facilities and it has been observed often that patients suffering from various diseases are referred to Peshawar hospitals due to unavailability of necessary medical equipments and expert staff.

He demanded of the authorities to equip the hospital with necessary medical equipments and provide staff to facilitate the tribal people of Landikotal. Jamaat-e-Islami FATA Naib Ameer Zarnoor Afridi while expressing his views informed that 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.

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.

MNA’s 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 remain in progress peacefully. The concerned authorities are requested to arrange water tankers to sprinkle water on the road to down the dust to facilitate the commuters. A briefing with FWO authorities would soon be arranged to apprise them of the public grievances and reservations regarding slow pace of construction work.

Tanzeem Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat’s representative Maulana Shoaib suggested to contact the authorities to take notice of the turtle speed of construction work on the road, which has disturbed the masses. QWP leader also seconded the other leaders on the issue and stress for unity among political leadership in future as well.