PESHAWAR - Khyber Truckers Association set up a protest camp against lethargic attitude of custom bonded carrier company and police and demanded of the government to rid them of police and Customs officials ‘injustices’.

The Association President Jehanzeb Khan and Senior Vice President Mohammad Yousaf led the protest camp here at Pestakhar Square on main Ring Road Peshawar. They said that more than 8,500 trucks were supplying goods and edible to Nato forces in Afghanistan from fort of Karachi and Fort of Qasim, however they said that the Federal Board of Revenue issued only 40 licenses to customs bonded carrier persons.

They informed that custom bonded carrier was now issuing these licenses to their blue-eyed people who are affiliated with transport sector and then in return they were demanding Rs 15,000 per trucks. They said that under custom system the vehicle that carry container to Afghanistan are being linked with computers where there are being on loaded in Afghanistan.

They mentioned that due to the inefficiency of the carrier companies these vehicle are not being de-sealed in custom due to which their vehicle are wanted to custom officials. They said that beside this they are working in very vulnerable condition and hundred of workers have been kidnapped along with their vehicles.

They alleged that customs officers, police and political Khasadar also taking extortion from these trucks drivers due to which the driver have been forced to quit this profession.

They demanded of the government to cancel the de-sealing systems of customs and reward them justice against indifferent attitude of shipping companies. They also demanded to restore shifting system and finish the system of custom bonded carrier otherwise FBR would be responsible for any untoward situation.

Meanwhile, All Pakistan Truck Association, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, President Malik Iftikhar Khattak has demanded of Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti to fulfil their long-awaited demand of time scale approval.

He said while chairing a meeting of APCA held here in district Karak on Sunday.

He said they hoped Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti would resolve the problems of clerk community and would approve the time scale policy demand of the clerk fraternity. They said that they expect that negotiation between APCA leadership and chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti would be fruitful for their genuine demands and beside time scale other important announcement would also be made on this occasion.

At the end of the meeting the APCA other office bearers expressed full confidence over the leadership of Central President Dost Mohammad khan and General Secretary Banars Khan Jadoon.