Abdullah Madani

LOWER DIR - The Talash Dushkhel Qaumi Jirga on Sunday urged the political leadership to come on a single table to resolve the problems of low voltage and prolonged power outages.

The jirga arranged a meeting in this regard at the residence of Dr Noor Muhammad with its chairman Abbas Khan in the chair. Two sitting provincial ministers Haji Hidayatullah and Mahmood Zeb Khan, ANP’s Dir Lower President Hussain Shah Yousafzai, PPP district president advocate Khurshili, JI’s nominated candidate for NA 34 Sahibzada Yaqub Khan, former MPA advocate Muzafar Syed, former nazim Ibrahim Khan, JUI’s Mufti Irfanud Din, Dr Noor Muhammad, Malik Taj Muhammad Khan and other elders of the jirga spoke on the occasion while a large number of local political and social activists attended the jirga.

Addressing the jirga, Malik Taj Muhammad Khan pointed out that more than 1,40,000 population of Talash had been confronted with low voltage and prolonged power outages for the last few years. He said the jirga contacted district coordination officer Dir Lower and then XEN Wapda in this regard but to no avail. Another member of the jirga Ibrahim Khan said that an extra heavy transformer had been lying useless at the Chakdara grid station. He suggested that it should be immediately installed so that burden on other feeders could be lessened.

The speakers appreciated the jirga for bringing all political leadership on one table for solving the problem of low voltage. They said that the jirga had set up a good example for resolving local problems.

Provincial minister Haji Hidayatullah while addressing the jirga said that step motherly treatment was being done with the province as regard to electricity. He said the province was producing 4000-megawatt electricity while it consumed only 1700 megawatt. “But we still depend on Punjab,” the ANP minister said, adding that they would never hesitate to resign if the problem could not be resolved. The minister said that he would convey message of the jirga to Chairman Standing Committee for Water and Power, Senator Zahid Khan and chief minister Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti.

Provincial minister for technical education Mahmood Zeb Khan said whole area of the Malakand division had been facing the problem of low voltage due to overloaded feeders and low capacity of existing grades. He said the problem could only be resolved if the Chakdara grade was upgraded to 220 KV instead of 132-KV. However the minister praised the role of the jirga and promised to take appropriate steps for improvement of voltage in Talash. The jirga however gave a two-day dead line to political leadership of the area to solve the problem otherwise it threatened to bring people on the roads.

Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, Dargai chapter, has strongly condemned the killings of Muslims in Myanmar and called for stoppage of their genocide immediately.

Speaking at a news conference, Maulana Khurshed Ahmad Sidiqui, the Senior Naib Amir JUI (F) Tehsil Dargai Malakand, has condemned the Muslims Killings in Myanmar at the hands of Buddhists. He asked the Federal Government to raise voice against the brutalities of Buddhists in Myanmar and announce diplomatic relations boycott with Myanmar. He expressed his deep sorrow over such killing of the Muslims and criticized the disappointing role of UN in this regard.

The United Nations (UN) and dozens of International Human Rights Organizations also followed a criminal silence over the brutality, which is condemnable, he said.

Condemning the brutal killings of innocent Burmanaian Muslims, Mulana Khurshed Said that if UN and International Community did not responded on the brutal killings of innocent Burmanaian Muslims in Myanmar and did not insured the safety of Muslims there, Muslims around the globe.

He urged the leaders of Muslim states to take practical steps for the security and protection of the Muslims in trouble. He also asked the Pakistan government to sever diplomatic ties with the Myanmar government in protest, and vowed to take revenge of the innocent killing of Muslims on coming time.