PESHAWAR - Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said that the Kalabagh dam issue is a matter of life and death for Pakhtuns and it will not be acceptable at any cost.

In a statement here Sunday, he criticized the PML-N government for raising this issue just to gain political scoring. He continued that the federal government was making frustrated efforts to embark on political adventurism by indulging in controversial issues like Kala Bagh dam. He said that the assemblies of three provinces had already passed resolutions against this controversial project, therefore, sticking to such an issue would be harmful for the federation.

Aftab Sherpao contended that since the smaller federating units had shown reservations over the Kala Bagh dam issue, the stubbornness of the PML-N government on this project would generate hatred and despair among the people. He said that Kala Bagh dam had become a dead horse and the PML-N government’s effort to infuse new life in it would be dangerous.

The QWP chief said that the federal government had miserably failed to deliver any good and the people were fed up with its poor performance. He added that the government had been raising such issues to divert the public attention.

Many held in op against birds illegal hunting

The Wildlife Department Kohat has intensified its operation against illegal hunting of birds as the Divisional Forest Officer Wildlife Kohat, Sajjad Ali, has formed raid party for the purpose.

The party formed under the headship of Wildlife Officer Rahmatullah Khan, raided dams and other hunting prohibited areas and caught dozens of people for violation of the Wildlife Act 2015.

It may be recalled here that few days back, Sub-Divisional Officer Wild Life Kohat Shabir Ahmad, during the raids in Darwazai Dam and surroundings of Kohat district, also caught more than 20 most influential persons for illegal hunting of birds along with hunting tools.

The said department, during the last few weeks, has so far received more than Rs. 100,000 through imposing fines. The provincial government has strictly directed the Wild Life Department to ensure implementation of the Wild Life Act 2015 in letter and spirit.

The authorities concerned have warned that raids against illegal hunters will continue in future.