PESHAWAR - Despite tall claims of PTI government to promote tourism in the province, both the provincial government and National High Authority have failed to complete black topping of Kalam road, while tourists travelling from far-flung areas were faced with multiple problems to reach their destination in the scenic Kalam valley.

Huge rush of tourists was witnessed on this Eid-ul-Fitr who were travelling to northern areas and enjoying themselves with chilled weather in Kalam, but this dream was not fulfilled as it took almost a day and night to reach Kalam due to dilapidated condition of road.

Instead of enjoying, the tourist suffered with throat infection and other diseases owing to dust and pollution on roadside.

The vehicles due long queue of traffic on a single road made it impossible for travellers to cover one kilometre distance in one hour and thus they mostly returned back.

Talking to The Nation a tourist Deran Said told that he will not visit Kalam in the future, as this tour has exhausted him after waiting in long queue on complicated river side road leading to Kalam from Madyan to Bahrain which is now in dilapidated condition.

He said that how government will promote tourism as despite passing many years, they have failed to complete this 34 kilometre road since 2001.

He said that they were a group of 12 persons and started their journey from Buner at the second day of Eid-ul Fitr but hardly reached at 3am next morning on the third day of Eid, which shows the nature of road.

He said that due to fragile road condition it was hard for them to reach on time to village as everyone have to attend duties after limited three days vacation of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Due to fear of road blockade they returned back from Kalam to Malam Jaba where they spent rest of the day.

Another tourist Asghar Khan said that he preferred to go back from Madyan, as he assessed the situation and road condition before plunging into the flood of vehicles leading to Kalam valley.

He said that God has gifted the country with natural beauty but the political leadership is inefficient and unable to facilitate tourists in Kalam.

The reconstruction and black topping of this road is need of the hour and if governments pay little attention toward this area, it can generate handsome revenue for the country.

Though some portion of this road was completed from Mingora to Bahrain but the rest of 34 Kilometres to Kalam is in extremely poor condition, which needs urgent attention of the concern authorities.

The chief minister can also construct this road from his discretionary fund if he is really sincere to bring change in every part of the province without any political interest.

SPECIAL PRAYERS OFFERED

FOR PM’S HEALTH

Special prayers of gratitude (Namaz e Shukrana) were held on Sunday at the Governor’s House Peshawar on successful recovery of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his return to Pakistan.

On the occasion, the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra congratulated the entire nation on the successful recovery of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his return to Pakistan.

He prayed and said, “Our PM will continue to serve the nation with same commitment and zeal.”

He said the successful recovery of the prime minister was with the grace of Allah and due to the prayers of entire nation.

Large number of workers and leaders of PML- N KP chapter attended the ceremony.

Meanwhile Quran Khwani and prayers of gratitude were also offered at all districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by the PML-N workers in this connection.

EDHI EPITOME OF LOVE FOR MANKIND, SAYS JHAGRA

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that Abdul Sattar Edhi was a great philanthropist and benefactor of the miserable humanity.

He said Abdul Sattar Edhi was the most deserving person for the Nobel Prize, as he served the miserable humanity without any discrimination.

He was addressing the special prayer ceremony for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Abdul Sattar Edhi held at Governor House Peshawar on Sunday. Prayers and Quran Khawani were also offered in this connection.

Addressing the ceremony, Jhagra said, “Abdul Sattar Edhi was not just a human being but an epitome of love for mankind and humanism, which will always live in our hearts.”

Meanwhile, the Governor Iqbal Jhagra visited Edhi Centre at Qisa Khawani Bazar in Peshawar and met with the staff members and in-charge of Edhi Centre.

The governor also expressed his deep condolence on the sad demise of great social leader Abdul Sattar Edhi. While showing sympathies with the workers of Edhi Foundation, the governor also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family and his team to bear the irreparable loss with patience.

He expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow on the sad demise.

On the occasion, the governor has also paid rich tribute to the services which the deceased had rendered for humanity and said that there was no example of it in the world and vowed that his mission will be continued.

He announced Rs 1 million for the up-gradation of Edhi Centre at Qisakhawani Peshawar. He said Edhi sahib was a national hero and resolved his life to serve the miserable humanity and to aid the poor throughout his life, which is matchless.