PESHAWAR - The Public Transport Owners’ Association Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday held a protest demonstration against extortionists and demanded the government to stop collection of extortion money at almost all bus stands.

They also threatened to go on a hunger strike in front of the Peshawar High Court if the authorities concerned failed to stop this illegal practice at bus stands within 10 days.

The demonstrator led by Ziaur Rahman, President Public Transport Owners’ Association (PTOA) KKP and General Secretary Tahir Bangesh holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against extortionists gathered here at Sher Shah Suri Road opposite the Cantonment Railway Station. They also chanted slogans against the corrupt government officials and extortion mafia at bus stands.

On the occasion, talking to the media, the association president alleged that the contractors at the public bus stands had started an illegal practice of collecting extortion money from transporters.

He alleged that every owner had to pay Rs20,000 to a bus stand as entry fee while government had fixed Rs70-100 daily charges of the stands. 

He demanded the incumbent government to implement the writ of government in collection of the government fixed money in a transparent manner and don’t put extra burden on transporters. “The Peshawar High Court (PHC) had also given a verdict regarding the daily charges schedule at public bus stands and provision of basic facilities for commuters and transporters,” he maintained.

He asked the authorities concerned to follow the regulations they informed, adding there were no such facilities for transporters in the bus stands and facing various difficulties.